Vegetarian and Special Diets

Vegetarianism: The Basic Facts

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

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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