(HealthDay News) -- Vegetarians are no less susceptible than
others to malnutrition. The key, says the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is to eat a variety of foods that ensure enough
calories and proper nutrition.
The agency offers these suggestions for a healthy vegetarian
- Choose plant-based protein sources such as soy, nuts, peas and
- Get plenty of calcium through leafy, dark-green vegetables,
calcium-fortified foods and dairy products.
- Make peas and beans important staples of your diet, and make
nuts a regular snack food.
- Get plenty of vitamin B12 -- found naturally only in animal
products -- by choosing fortified foods, such as cereals or soy
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