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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Junk-Food Vegetarianism: How to Choose Fruits and Veggies Instead of Crackers and Chips

(from http://livinggreenmag.com)

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 products.)

“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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