Essential Nutrients For Vegetarians
Many people choose a vegetarian or vegan diet for ethical reasons such as preventing cruelty towards animals. Some people become vegetarians because the production of animal products for food is bad for the environment. Others choose the vegetarian diet for health reasons. Whatever the reason, about 10% of the population in the western world are some form of vegetarian or vegan and that number is climbing.
A vegetarian diet can provide all the nutrients that the body needs to be healthy, but there are certain nutrients that need extra attention to ensure that you are getting the amounts that your body requires.
Generally, vegetarians and vegans cut out the consumption of animal proteins from their diets, however there are different variations of vegetarians and vegans who define their eating preferences as such:
The type of vegetarian a person is will determine which nutrients they have to focus on to ensure they are meeting their body’s daily needs. This article will walk you through a number of essential nutrients that vegetarians need to be mindful of in order to maintain a balanced and healthy diet.