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Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

vegetarianVegetarians eat a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, eggs, and dairy products but excludes meat, poultry, and seafood. Vegans eat a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts but excludes meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, and all other animal products (some vegans even choose to eliminate honey and many avoid using leather products). Many people chose these diets for ethical, nutritional, or even religious reasons. Vegetarian and vegan diets have been proven to decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer, lower cholesterol, and promote weight loss.

While these diets can be very healthful, it is important to be mindful of what nutrients you may be missing when following one of these diets. There are many ways to get all the nutrients that you need, through plant based sources and supplements, if you are paying attention.

The most common missed nutrients in a vegetarian or vegan's diet are protein, calcium, iron, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and vitamin B12.

If you are thinking about becoming a vegetarian or a vegan or are currently following one of these diets and would like to meet with the campus nutritionist you can set up an appointment by calling 580-5550 or by stopping by the Health Services office on the first floor of Jonsson Tower.

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