The Key to a Healthy Vegetarian Diet

719 Words3 Pages
Hindus have been doing it for thousands of years; then why is maintaining a vegetarian diet so difficult in the 21st century? The key to a healthy vegetarian diet is knowing what to eat and what not to eat, rather than simply avoiding meat. As Hobson (2009) points out, "remember, the root of vegetarian is 'veg,' not 'junk.'" The 21st century model of vegetarianism does not always involve the daily simplicity of whole grains, pulses, and nutrient-packed vegetables. Some vegetarians reach for pre-packaged, processed foods conveniently located on the shelves of Whole Foods. Another problem with the 21st century model of vegetarianism is faddish trends, such as the all-raw vegan diet. One former raw vegan, profiled by Mann (2008), had her kids on a raw vegan diet too, and they developed malnutrition. The children also started gorging on dairy products and eggs, signs that their bodies were lacking in vital nutrients (Mann, 2008). Although she still incorporates raw food into her mainly vegetarian diet, the mother has realized the importance of moderation. Therefore, a vegetarian diet can be tremendously healthy and ethically sound, as long as sound nutritional principles are followed. Learning about basic nutrition can help a vegetarian achieve maximum health. According to the American Dietary Association, "Vegetarians, especially vegans, should be careful to get enough omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, iodine, calcium, and vitamins D and B-12," (cited by Hobson, 2009). It is
Open Document