Many people have explored a vegetarian eating pattern. Today, it is easy to order a vegetarian dish at a restaurant or buy meat-free products at the grocery. Health and taste are the top two reasons consumers give for eating more meat-free meals. But, all vegetarian diets are not healthy diets. Some don’t include adequate amounts of healthy foods. Other vegetarian diets include too much over-refined carbohydrates and partially hydrogenated vegetable fats. Vegetarian diet needs to be appropriately planned to get the desired nutrition, health, and disease prevention benefits.
Whether you choose to follow a strict vegetarian diet or eat mostly meatless meals, you can reap the health benefits of substituting fruits, vegetables, and grains for animal food sources. This program does not require that you follow a strict vegetarian diet, but we can help you make the transition toward plant-based meal plans. During periods of growth, breast-feeding, pregnancy, or recovery from illness, you should consult a registered dietitian or other qualified nutrition professional for assistance in planning an appropriate vegetarian diet. In this kit you will:
Step 1. Know about vegetarian diets
Step 2. Recognize the health benefits of eating plant foods