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Updated 08 October 2015

New vegetarian?

Vegetarianism has many advantages. But converting to vegetarianism should be done with caution.

Just this week, research showed that people who switched from eating meat to a vegetarian diet gained slightly less weight over five years than people who didn't make major diet changes.

But converting to vegetarianism should be done with caution.

Take action:

Make sure you:

check the diet with your doctor or dietician first;

include enough protein – good sources include lentils, beans, soy, nuts, nut butters, whole-grain breads and cereals;

include enough iron – you can get it from beans, peas, whole-grain breads, spinach, raisins, apricots, peaches, nuts and seeds;

beware of fat – you can load up on too much fat and too many calories if your vegetarian diet includes french fries, ice cream, full-cream milk, cheese and lots of nuts.

QUIZ: Am I, as a vegetarian, eating a balanced diet?

 
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