Falling into the trap of “junk food vegetarianism” is easy for many
of America’s 23 million vegetarians, and those seeking a healthier diet.
(A vegetarian does not eat meat, fish, or fowl, but may consume eggs
and dairy products. A vegan is a vegetarian that consumes no animal
“Simply because a food is vegetarian does not mean it’s healthy.
After all, a person can eat donuts, bagels, potato chips, candy, and
French fries and be a vegetarian, but obviously this is not a healthy
diet,” says Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD.
She says the best way to make sure you get all the nutrition you need
on a vegetarian diet is to eat simple foods. The less processing a food
has undergone, the more nutritious it is.
Processing strips away many of the essential nutrients found in food
naturally, so your best bet is to base your diet around foods that look
as close to how they appeared when they came off the tree, out of the
grown, or off the vine. Choose corn on the cob instead of corn chips;
try apples instead of apple muffins; and enjoy whole grain bread instead
of white bread.
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