Healthy Bites

A vegetarian lifestyle

Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Can vegetarian eating supply your body with enough nutrients?

The answer is yes. Both vegetarian and nonvegetarian eating styles can be healthful. The bottom line depends on your food choices over time. Studies show a positive link between vegetarian eating and health.

In general, heart disease, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer tend to develop less often among vegetarians than nonvegetarians.

If you're considering a vegetarian lifestyle, follow these tips to help you get started:

* Make a list of all the meatless dishes you already enjoy

* Browse through vegetarian cookbooks and write down recipes that sound appealing

* Go to a natural food store and experiment with some products

* Try meat-alternative products made with soy.

For more help developing a vegetarian eating plan, log onto or contact a registered dietitian.

This tip was provided by Kelley Steen, clinical dietitian at Central Peninsula Hospital, courtesy of the American Dietetic Association's public relations team.

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