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Show 1051: How Can Vegetarians Get All the Nutrients They Need?

Find out how vegetarians and vegans can follow a healthy eating plan to get all the nutrients they need from a plant-based diet.
Show 1051: How Can Vegetarians Get All the Nutrients They Ne...
Kara Mitchell
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How Can Vegetarians Get All the Nutrients They Need?

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Research makes it clear that what we eat makes a difference for our health. But there are many different diet patterns that have been promoted as healthy. Some people are vegetarians, while others embrace a high-fat, low-carb Atkins-type eating pattern. Is there one that is optimal for you?

What Should Vegetarians Consider for Complete Nutrition?

Many people choose to avoid eating meat, either for ethical or health reasons. People have recognized the importance of diets that are based primarily on plant foods to help protect the planet since the publication of Diet for a Small Planet in 1971.

Some people still worry: Can vegetarians and vegans get all the nutrients they need? Are there special precautions they should be taking? What are the best alternatives to highly processed meat substitutes made of soy like “hot dogs” or veggie burgers?

What Diet Do You Follow?

Have you changed your diet to try to control your blood sugar or lower your risk of heart disease? What are you doing, and how well is it working? We are interested in your stories and questions about healthy diets. Ask your question or share your story: Call 888-472-3366 between 7 and 8 am EDT on September 24, 2016, or email radio@peoplespharmacy.com

This Week’s Guest:

Kara Mitchell MS, RDN/LDN, ACSM-RCEP, CDE, is the Wellness Manager at the Duke Health and Fitness Center. She is also a Clinical Associate with the Duke University School of Nursing.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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