Vegetarianism—a question of choice

Vegetarianism is a trend that has become more and more popular for health reasons or due to various beliefs. Let us not forget that in terms of nutrition, it is important to be far-sighted and well-informed.

Saying “no” to meat

In past centuries, it was not uncommon for meat to be prominently displayed in the middle of plates, the central figure of a meal considered to be nutritious. Today, some people have chosen to abandon their carnivorous side to give way to a vegetarian diet. A person’s motivations for such a decision can vary: refusal to contribute the suffering and exploitation of animals, willingness to reap the benefits of a vegetable-based diet, spiritual or religious beliefs, etc. Moreover, vegetarianism seems to gain in popularity year after year.

It is important to distinguish between vegetarianism and veganism. Vegetarians generally refuse to eat animal flesh, including meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, and seafood. The term “vegan” means that a person refrains from eating all products originating from animals, including milk and eggs. Thus, they are different dietary approaches involving a multitude of choices and restrictions.

Making sensible food choices

Although it is possible to meet all nutritional needs within a vegetarian diet, it is important to be aware of the risks of nutritional deficiencies. Individuals who follow this diet must ensure that they receive an adequate intake of iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and protein. To do this, they will need to rely on meat substitutes such as:

  • tofu or other soybean-derived products
  • dry beans
  • lentils
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • eggs (if they are considered appropriate)
  • nutrient-fortified beverages (calcium or vitamin D, for instance)

The Canada Food Guide is a useful reference guide for vegetarians. Application of these recommendations can help individuals to make the best food choices possible and prevent any nutritional deficiencies. Several publications discuss this issue and can reveal interesting information. Well-informed individuals will better their odds of reaching their health objectives.

To cover the entire issue, there is no better way than consulting a nutrition specialist or nutritionist. These healthcare professionals have all of the skills and knowledge required to help you develop a diet plan tailored to your preferences, lifestyle, and health. It is one of the best investments of time and resources you can make to ensure that your efforts are beneficial, rather than harmful.

Remember that your pharmacist is always there to help and to answer your questions concerning any health-related issues!

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Vegetarianism—a question of choice

Vegetarianism is a trend that has become more and more popular for health reasons or due to various beliefs. Let us not forget that in terms of nutrition, it is important to be far-sighted and well-informed.
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