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National Veggie Week
More and more of us are becoming vegan or vegetarian with a quarter of UK dinners now having no meat or fish.
May 13th-19th is National Vegetarian Week and we think everyone should give vegetarianism a try.
But, although Vegetarian diets are packed full of essential nutrients, the absence of meat means it is vital to replace the amounts of proteins you would get in other forms.
“Around the world we are seeing an increase veganism, vegetarianism and people just looking to widen their own food experience with meat free meals.”
“Vegetarian diets are naturally low in saturated fats, and cholesterol. They have been shown to reduce heart disease risk and what’s more, data shows conclusively that vegetarians suffer less disease caused by a modern Western diet such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity type 2 diabetes.”
So, how can those switching to a vegetarian diet get all the nutrients you need?
“Eggs are a great source of proteins for vegetarians. Vegan options include nuts, peanut butter, seeds, grains and legumes.”
“Iron is another key nutrient and plays a crucial role in the production of red blood cells. These can help to carry oxygen throughout your body. Good sources of iron include beans, broccoli, raisins, wheat and tofu.”
“Zinc is vital to our immune system. A lot of cheeses contain zinc, but you can also find it in beans, nuts and soy products which contain fewer calories.”
“Switching to a veggie diet, even if it’s just for a week, will broaden your horizons to the different menu options and flavours vegetarian diets have available and reducing your red meat consumption will benefit your health.”
Are you thinking of giving Vegetarian week a try? Go to www.nationalvegetarianweek.org to find out more.
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