About Eating Healthy For Vegetarians:
The vegetarian way of eating can be a very healthy style of eating. The rules still apply with healthy eating, although you should make sure your meals are balanced and eat everything in moderation.
When eating a vegetarian diet it is important that you are constantly adding lots of variety. This will help to give you a wide range of nutrients and also prevent getting tired of any particular types of food.
Be prepared to read lots of recipe books and do some experimenting because vegetarian foods can be extremely delicious – and not boring as some of the uninitiated believe. You do not have to (and cannot) survive on lettuce leaves!
Just What Is A Vegetarian?
A vegetarian is someone who avoids all types of meat, whether it be hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken or even fish. Vegetarians are also sometimes classified by the type of food they are or are not willing to eat.
For example, Lacto-ovo vegetarians will avoid animal flesh yet they will eat eggs and most dairy products. A Vegan on the other hand, will avoid all food that has any trace of animal origin.
Because they don’t eat meat, vegetarians will often wonder how they can get enough protein into their daily diet. Although you may not realize it, the average American actually consumes a lot more protein than he actually needs.
For the lacto-ovo vegetarian, dairy products are an excellent source of protein. Vegans on the other hand, get their protein from nuts, seeds, and soy products – all of these are high in protein.
Along the lines of beans, there are several different types of beans to choose from. These include green or red lentils, peanuts, split peas, pinto beans, soy beans, kidney beans and many more. Some of them you are most likely already familiar, such as kidney beans that are used in chili dishes, refried beans which are used in Mexican dishes, red beans and rice, and pinto beans.
Although some beans taste very nice just as they are, there are others are that are available with different flavors to help enhance their taste. By eating one cup of cooked beans, you are consuming the same amount of protein as you would if you ate two ounces of meat.
Nuts are very high in protein, although they deliver a lot more fat than beans, although the fat in nut is a healthy fat and quite beneficial to your health. This just means that you should enjoy them in moderation.
The nutrients of concern for vegans, who avoid all types of animal food, are vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin D. In the average North American diet, the primary source for B12 in food are products that comes from an animal source. To ensure they have an adequate intake of B12, vegans should regularly consume vitamin B12 supplements and foods high in vitamin B12, such as soy products or milk.
For calcium, vegans can rely on orange juice or soy milk, as they are fortified with calcium. Beans and leafy green vegetables will also contain some calcium as well. Nuts, too are a very good and natural source of calcium.
Although all types of vegetarians rely on simple food groups, controlling your vitamins and calcium intake is something you should always do. This is very important for eating healthy, as well as staying healthy.
If you control what you eat, you’ll have many years of eating healthy for vegetarians ahead of you. And most likely live many more years of life – to boot!
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