Vegetarian diets can be very healthy although since animal sources are reduced (vegetarian) or completely eliminated (vegan) from the diet, particular nutrients may become deficient in your body. Vitamins B12 and D as well as calcium may need to be supplemented into your diet if you are a vegan. Vitamin B12 can be found in fortified foods and vitamin D is best absorbed from sunlight. Aside from dairy products, calcium can be found in green leafy vegetables. In addition, iron found in dried fruit and zinc found in seafood may be deficient in vegetarian or vegan diets. In order to have an intake of complete protein (all essential amino acids), vegetarians should eat a combination of complimentary proteins. This means eating grains with nuts, seeds or legumes.
The benefits of following a vegetarian diet are the following:
Here's the distinction between different types of vegetarian diets:
Brian Danley, CFT
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