Vegetarian Diet


What is a vegetarian diet? A vegetarian diet has no meat, fish, seafood, poultry (chicken or turkey), or products that contain these foods. Vegetarians eat mostly plant foods such as grains, vegetables, fruits, dried beans, nuts, and seeds. When planned carefully, a vegetarian diet can provide all the nutrients you need and be very healthy for you. A vegetarian diet may help you control your weight and may prevent some cancers. This diet may also help to lower your blood cholesterol and blood pressure. There are 3 types of vegetarian diets:

What other diet guidelines should I follow? It may be difficult to get enough of certain vitamins and minerals on a vegetarian diet. Include foods that are good sources of the following vitamins and minerals to make sure you get enough of these nutrients. Talk to your dietitian if you have questions or concerns about any of these nutrients.

What can I eat and drink while on a vegetarian diet?

What are the risks of following a vegetarian diet?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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