A vegetarian diet can be very healthy – as long as it’s done properly. As a vegetarian herself, Dr. Majd reviews 5 of the most common nutritional deficiencies in vegetarian diets. Make certain that you are obtaining the proper vegetarian nutrients and avoiding the common dietary pitfalls.
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1. Protein Sources: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php.
2. Iron Sources: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.php.
3. Calcium Sources: http://oldwayspt.org/programs/oldways-vegetarian-network/vegetarian-calcium-food-sources.
4. Vitamin D Sources:https://ods.od.nih.gov/pubs/usdandb/VitaminD-Content.pdf.
5. Vitamin B12 Sources: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-Consumer/#h3.
6. USDA 2015 Dietary Guidelines: https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/appendix-5/ .
7. The food pyramid was replaced by “my plate” in 2011. Here’s the vegetarian version: http://www.chooseveg.com/foodplate
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