Vegetarian and Special Diets

5 Myths about Building a Healthy Vegetarian Meal

Many myths still surround the health implications of a vegetarian diet. See what the facts are when it comes to plant-based diets.

Well-planned vegetarian diets can be nutritionally adequate and provide many health benefits. See vegetarian meal ideas, food sources of important nutrients, vegetarian terms and more.

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    Vegetarianism: The Basic Facts

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    People who follow a vegetarian diet never eat meat, fish or poultry. Instead, they rely on a variety of plant-based foods for good health and eating enjoyment. Read More

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    Egg Alternatives

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    For some, eggs are off limits due to dietary preferences, restrictions or allergies. And, although relatively low in cost, the price of eggs can rise due to various reasons. In any case, consider integrating egg alternatives as staples in your kitchen. Read More

  • Celiac Disease

    How to Order Gluten-Free in a Restaurant

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Dining out doesn't have to be off-limits for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. It just takes some extra planning and attention. Here's how to enjoy a gluten-free meal away from home. Read More

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    Vegetarian Sources of Protein

    Rachel Begun, MS, RDN

    Not only is it possible to get enough protein from plant sources, there are other nutrition benefits of eating plant-based foods. Read More

  • Kidney Disease

    Kidney Disease and Diet

    If your kidneys are not working as they should, your doctor will likely prescribe a diet with specific daily amounts of protein, sodium and potassium. Read More

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    Tips to Keep Your Vegetarian Child Healthy

    Are you worried your vegetarian child is not be getting the necessary nutrients in their diet? Make sure that your child receives enough protein, calcium and iron for optimal growth and nutrition. Read More

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    Vegetarian Glossary of Terms

    A vegetarian diet can include foods that may be unfamiliar to you. This glossary outlines terms that are a common part of a vegetarian diet. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    What Is Iron?

    Even though iron is widely available in food, many people still don't get the amount they need on a daily basis. How much iron do you need? Read More

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    Healthful Vegetarian Meal Ideas

    A healthy vegetarian diet includes a wide variety of foods from all the food groups. Be creative in planning menus and trying new foods. Here are some healthful, vegetarian meal ideas to get you started. Read More

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    Dining Out for Vegetarians

    Dining out can be a challenging experience for vegans and vegetarians. Keeping a few helpful tips in mind can make dining away from home a more rewarding experience. Read More

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    Should Your Child be a Flexitarian?

    Have you considered a vegetarian diet for your family, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the plunge? A flexitarian diet may be a happy middle ground. Read More

  • Dietary Supplements

    Does My Child Need A Supplement?

    If your child eats a variety of foods, supplements may not be needed. However, if you're unsure about your child's nutrient intake, get expert advice. Read More

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    Does My Child Need a Gluten Free Diet?

    Gluten is a protein found in certain grains like wheat, barley and rye and is harmless for most children - with the exception of those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Read More