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Healthy Vegetarianism Talked About In Today's Health Minute

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  Originally Published on: 9/21/2013

Perhaps you've wondered what being a vegetarian is all about. Susan Hendricks takes a look in today's Health Minute. Michelle france doesn't eat meat. She's followed a vegetarian diet for most of her life. "Mainly, it's fruits and vegetables, and grains and nuts and beans," she says. She reads to make sure to stay up to speed on nutrition. Experts say a plant-based diet can be the way to go. "Plant-based diets are probably one of the best things we can do for our bodies," says Marisa Moore of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "They help to lower your body weight, they might reduce the risk of some cancers and plant-based diets can also be great for lowering the risk of heart disease and even helping people live a little longer." There are no major health risks if a diet includes all the necessary nutrients. Particularly getting enough protein, calcium and iron, also vitamins D and B-12. "Some good protein sources may include beans, quinoa, grains, soy products, tofu, and for calcium, leafy greens, they're actually a good source of calcium, as well as almonds, sesame seeds, tofu, soy milk," says Moore. Those greens, whole wheat bread and fortified cereals contain iron, B-12 is in milk, eggs and some cereals. You can get vitamin D from dairy products. Supplements may be necessary. In addition, flax seeds has omega 3 fatty acids. Experts often recommend adding it to meals.
   
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