With the right amount and variety of foods to meet your nutritional needs, a vegetarian diet can be healthy, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA provides healthy eating advice for vegetarians:
- Think about protein. Incorporate beans, nuts or soy products into your diet.
- Add calcium. Aside from dairy products, there are many other calcium-fortified foods.
- Get enough vitamin B12. If you do not eat any animal products, consider a B12 supplement.
- Check current dietary guidelines to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need.
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