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Must eat food for vegetarians
« on: June 06, 2011, 08:54:13 PM »
If you are not eating meat, then you must be eating lots of bread/wheat/rice, cheese/ghee, yogurt and fruit. Not surprisingly, you will become iron-deficient.

how to go meatless without missing out on the nutrients your body needs (nutrients in meat and fish that we can also get through certain \"must-have\" plant foods).

vegetarians typically have diets richer in fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium and unsaturated fat, so it\'s no surprise that studies have found them to have a lower risk of heart disease. And even going meatless just a couple days a week can lower your risk of diabetes by 28 percent.

All that said, having a balanced diet (meatless or not) is key to proper nutrition, so include these veggie foods in your diet to get critical nutrients your body needs.


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Must eat food for vegetarians
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2011, 08:58:07 PM »
6 important vegetarian foods for proper diet


Key Nutrient You Get: Protein

More Vegetarian Sources of Protein: Nuts and seeds, soy, eggs and dairy

The first thing a lot of people think when they think of a meatless diet is, \"where will you get protein?\" Most get way more protein-our bodies\' \"building blocks\"-than we need and that we can even use, so this actually is not a primary nutrition concern. (Most people need between 0.36 and 0.45 gram of protein per pound of body weight, which works out to be about 60 grams for a 150-pound person.)

There are plenty of plant-based sources of protein, including beans, lentils, peas, nuts and seeds, whole grains, tofu and tempeh. With the exception of soyfoods, all these foods offer \"incomplete protein,\" meaning they have some, but not all, of the essential amino acids we need-the compounds that make up protein. Eating a wide variety of foods ensures that you get all the amino acids, but you don\'t need to get all the amino acids at each meal. Eggs and dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt) are other vegetarian options that deliver complete protein.

2. Dark Leafy Greens

Key Nutrient You Get: Iron

More Vegetarian Sources of Iron: Beans, fortified breads and cereals, raisins

Iron is an important mineral-it shuttles oxygen from our lungs to our cells-yet iron deficiency is the most common vitamin deficiency in the world! In the U.S., it affects 2 percent of adult men and 9 to 20 percent of women.

Although iron is most easily absorbed from animal foods (the form of iron called \"heme\"), you can also get it from plant foods (\"non-heme\"). You just need to eat greater quantities of it. Iron is found in these plant-based foods: dark leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), beans and raisins, as well as blackstrap molasses. You can also get iron from fortified breads and cereals (read the Nutrition Facts label to see if a product has iron). Pairing these plant sources of iron with a food rich in vitamin C (such as tomatoes, citrus fruit and potatoes) can help you better absorb iron.

3. Fortified Soymilk

Key Nutrient You Get: Vitamin B12

More Vegetarian Sources of Vitamin B12: Fortified cereals

Vitamin B12 helps your body turn food into energy. Since vitamin B12 only occurs naturally in animal foods, vegetarians who eat dairy and eggs probably will get enough B12 from these foods, but if you\'re going vegan or don\'t eat dairy or eggs often, make sure to get some B12-fortified foods in your diet.

Many nondairy milk alternatives have B12 added, as do certain cereals-just check the Nutrition Facts label if you\'re not sure if your cereal or milk alternative contains B12.


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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2011, 09:00:45 PM »
4. Whole Grains

Key Nutrient You Get: Zinc

More Vegetarian Sources of Zinc: Beans, yogurt, shiitake mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and cereal

Zinc is vital for growth and development at all life stages and also supports immune function (men need 11 mg/day and women need 8 mg/day). Whole grains (about 1.3 mg), beans (1.6 mg), yogurt (2 mg), shiitake mushrooms (0.85 mg), sesame seeds (2 mg per ounce) and cereal all deliver some zinc (all amounts per cup, except where noted).


Key Nutrient You Get: Omega-3 fats

More Vegetarian Sources of Omega-3 fats: Flaxseed, supplements

If you don\'t eat seafood you have to make an extra effort to get DHA and EPA, two types of omega-3 fats that have been praised for their importance in eye and brain development as well as heart health. Although our bodies can create DHA and EPA from ALA, another omega-3 fat found in canola oil, soy, flaxseed, chia and walnuts, we only make small amounts. To cover your bases, look for an algae-based DHA supplement.

6.Iodized Salt (Rather Than Sea Salt)

Key Nutrient You Get: Iodine

Normally I wouldn\'t go around encouraging people to eat salt-and I\'m not... exactly. However, iodine (essential to thyroid health) is another nutrient that\'s found in seafood that can be lacking in vegetarian and vegan diets-one study found that 80% of vegans and 25% of vegetarians didn\'t get enough. There\'s an easy fix, though. Instead of using sea salt, which does not have iodine added to it, opt for iodized salt when cooking. Seaweed is another natural source of iodine, so try making it a part of your diet.


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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2011, 12:10:23 AM »

You\'ve done a good job really by starting this thread. Everyone may not be aware of the food they are consuming. Since you are a Doctor, it\'ll be good to get the suggestions from you regarding the food. Keep posting more about this, but do post only the important things. Because our people will get bogged down if things are too much to follow. :)

By the way, you didn\'t answer my question. What Doctor are you? Ayurvedic or Siddha or anything else??

Good work! Keep continuing!! :thumbup:
Thanks & Regards,

Whoever you are & whatever you do, if your attitude is not good you are just 'Nothing'.


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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2011, 09:56:04 PM »
thanks deepa. Now i understand why many vegetarians put on useless weight easily and suffer after middle age


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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2011, 11:09:25 PM »
I am not a dr. but I just learnt so many veg items/food which has as nutrition as non-veg and still works better and tastes good...

one of them is edamame ( fresh  soy beans beans)
secondly a type of pasta called Quinoa
3rd wheat upma ( done with broken wheat)
4th oats upma( done with oats)

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« Reply #6 on: Today at 01:55:22 PM »


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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 12:10:26 AM »
Thanks Deepa for the post and its directly coming from the Doctor\'s mouth.
You may add the benfits of Milk/Milk products and fruits to the list.

BTW for Iodine, i guess its not required in coastal areas but defintely required in Interior India. In coastal areas the vege and fruits themselves have some amount of Iodine, hence extra dose is not required. Also i have seen 2 of my friends suffering from excess of Iodine. You may clarify on this.



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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 12:12:30 AM »
great post there;Thanks a lot for the valuable info :)
Can I, as a human being, lead a different kind of life?


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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2011, 06:30:21 PM »
add soya milk and soy products if you are 100% veggie
because animal milk and its products have animal fat
soy protein will stop DHT harmone which is cause of male pattern baldness

if you dont like soy milk, then get soy isolate protein powder, which has 80% protein and 50% of required iron/day

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