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Vegetarian diet: is a it good for you?

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Many people consider a vegetarian diet as a lifestyle choice. However, a vegetarian diet can also help you to lose weight, if you focus on healthy eating and watch the fats and carbs.

Commited vegetarians believe that the vegetarian diet is the key to staying fit and healthy for life. No wonder that most celebs follow the vegetarian diet. Animal lovers who have their personal reasons for staying away from non-vegetarian diet also follow this diet.

On the other hand, supporters of the non-vegetarian diet believe that vegetarians are in general weaker than they because vegetarian diet lacks the nutrition available in plenty from fishes, meat and eggs. Nothing could be further from the truth! It is true that fish, meat and eggs are nutritious foods in their own ways; however, that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t get an equal amount of nutrition from fruits and vegetables! Let’s talk about what an ideal vegetarian diet should be like.

Vegetarian or non-vegetarian diet, any healthy meal should be rich in all the following nutrients:

1. Vitamins
2. Protein
3. Calcium
4. Carbohydrates
5. Zinc
6. Iron

Foods in which you could find the above nutrients:

Calcium: Broccoli, dairy products, tofu, soy, fruit juice (especially orange juice)

Protein: Tofu, apart from being rich in calcium, is also full of protein. Besides tofu, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds, etc. are also rich in protein content

Iron: Once again I have to suggest the highly nutritious tofu here. Apart from that, iron is also available in plenty from rice, cashew nuts, tomato juice, etc.

Zinc: Tofu is here as well! Aren’t you surprised how a single food could be rich in so many different types of nutrients? Okay, apart from tofu, whole grains, especially the bran and germ of grains, are rich in zinc content.

Also, any vegetable available in the form of roots such as radishes, carrots, beets, etc., contains zinc. Leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and cabbage leaves are rich in zinc as well. If you hate potatoes because of its carbohydrate content, note that it is rich in zinc too!

Vitamins: Vitamins are available in milk, soy, cereals, Tempeh, miso, etc.

Carbohydrates: They are already available in junk and sugary foods but…wait, since you cannot have them, eat potatoes instead. Their carb content is much lower than those of junk foods!

Who says that a vegetarian diet cannot be as nutritious as a non-veg diet? As long as you eat a healthy and well-balanced meal, your body would definitely receive the right amount of nutrition! Moreover, being low on calorie, the vegetarian diet won’t make you fat; if anything, it would help you maintain a slim and flat stomach throughout your entire life!

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