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August 30, 2011 at 12:03 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Should Vegetarians Take Supplements?

By Jessica Corwin MPH RDN More Blogs by This Author

Registered dietitian Jessica Corwin delves into whether or not vegetarians need to use supplements to meet nutritional requirements.
Host, Gerry Barnaby - Hey, what’s going on, Barnaby here.  Hanging out in the vegetable aisle because in this HelloLife Moment we’re going to be talking about vegetarianism.  But you might be thinking, hey Barnaby – why don’t you move on over to the vitamin aisle because if you’re vegetarian, you probably need some supplements.  Do you or don’t you?  Let’s ask the judge.  It is Registered Dietician, Jessica Butcher.  So, if you’re vegetarian do you necessarily need to supplement your diet with vitamins?
Health Coach, Jessica Corwin, RD – No, not necessarily at all.  You know, any, just like any diet whether you’re eating meat or you’re not eating meat, as long as it’s properly planned and you’re eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, then you’re certainly going to be making sure you’re getting all the right nutrients you need by making sure you’re getting that variety and you’re getting everything in the right portion to make sure you’re getting an appropriate amount of calories.
Barnaby – Alrightie.  But maybe starting out as a vegetarian, keep up with the supplements while learn the curve on what to ingest.
Jessica – Well, it would certainly be helpful to meet with a registered dietician and kind of plan things out to, you know, kind of learn a little bit more about what nutrients that you may want to pay extra attention to.  And there are certain ones vegans and vegetarians do need to pay attention to, such as calcium, Vitamin D, zinc, B-12 and perhaps even iron.
Barnaby – What about protein?  Because if you’re eating the leafy stuff, it would seem that protein would be lacking.
Jessica – That’s certainly not the case.  There’s protein found in whole grain, our vegetables, all of our fortified foods.  And, of course, instead of dairy, vegans are substituting that with fortified soy milk, rice milk, there’s lots of different alternatives and they all still have the protein in it. 
Barnaby – Alrightie, well, thanks for that.  It’s easy to be a vegetarian, apparently!  And thanks so much for joining us on This HelloLife Moment, because we’re all about matching your commitment to a healthy – and possibly, a vegetarian lifestyle.

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