What is vegetarianism?

What is vegetarianism?

Vegetarianism is a diet where you eat no meat, fish, shellfish, poultry or insects.

Scientific research has shown that a vegetarian diet is healthy. It has been proven that vegetarians suffer less from cardiovascular disease and have a reduced risk of diabetes.

The body must be provided with all the nutrients it needs. This is why it is essential that a vegetarian diet consist of plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, bread, grain products, dairy products and eggs.

There are three nutrients to which vegetarians should pay extra attention: vitamin B12, iron and protein. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products such as meat, fish, dairy and eggs. It is more difficult for vegetable iron to be absorbed than animal iron, but there are sufficient sources of iron for vegetarians such as chickpeas, spinach and broccoli.

Vegetarians can compare their diets to the V-disk. Then you know what you have to eat to obtain all the necessary nutrients:

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