Everyone can say they’re vegetarian. It’s really easy, look: “Hey guys, I am vegetarian.” Not getting the right nutrients you need is even easier to do. No one is perfect and I am aware of this. I have been vegetarian for six years now and there’s no way I always get all the right nutrients. Being a vegetarian can be healthy, but it can also be unhealthy. It all depends on how it’s done.
It seems like a lot of work, right? Well, I am here to give you a few pointers. One obvious solution to any nutrient deficiencies vegetarians may run into is taking supplements. However, a lot of the necessary nutrients and vitamins can be found in food items you eat every day.
Vitamin B12 is important because it helps with the formation of red blood cells and the development of nerve cells. Vegetarians can easily get a decent amount of B12 from eggs, milk, and yogurt; however, vegans normally have to take supplements or find other ways to get their daily dose. Though in breakfast alone, vegetarian’s can get the right amount of B12
Iron deficiencies, which can lead to anemia, are said to be just as common among vegetarians as well as meat eaters. Anemia results when one’s body isn’t producing enough red blood. While Anemia is common among vegetarians, it can easily be avoided. It isn’t very hard to get your daily dose of iron. It’s readily available in leafy greens like spinach, dried fruits, beans, and even egg yolks.
One of the most important nutrients, for vegetarians especially, is protein. Many people criticize vegetarians saying that they can’t get enough protein if they don’t eat meat. That’s not true. Milk and eggs are high protein sources. Rice, beans, and tofu have some amino acids, but are considered to have a lower amount of protein.
Of course these are not the only essential vitamins and nutrients, but it’s a good start for new vegetarians or anyone who just doesn’t know. Like I said earlier, it is really easy to be a “bad vegetarian”. Instead of eating a mixture of tofu, beans, eggs, salads, etc., you could easily just have a diet that consists of grilled cheese and spaghetti. So make sure that you get all the right nutrients and do it right.