Frequently Asked Questions

Registered Dietitians provide answers to your questions about all types of vegetarian diets, these can be studied on-line or downloaded to use as a reference and share. If you have a question that is not answered below, email us.

tofu spinach stir fryAre you Vegetarian and diagnosed with Celiac Disease?

Combining Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Diets resourceCombining Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Diets (PDF) provides the tools for creating a healthy vegan/vegetarian diet for someone with Celiac Disease.


tofu spinach stir fryCan a vegetarian get enough protein?
How can I build muscles on a vegan diet?

Therapeutic Use of Vegetarian/Vegan Diets resourceProtein in Vegetarian and Vegan Diets (PDF) defines the facts on how much protein your body needs and how easy it is to get adequate protein when planning a vegetarian or vegan diet.


gardenCan a vegetarian diet help you live longer?
Does a vegan diet reverse type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

Therapeutic Use of Vegetarian/Vegan Diets resourceTherapeutic Use of Vegetarian/Vegan Diets in Chronic Disease (PDF) provides the science on how to plan vegetarian diets that may reduce the risks of many chronic diseases. Find how to create vegan diets that may reduce obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, digestive problems, and more.


veggie pastaI want to be vegan, what should I eat? Where can I find meatless foods?

Eat More Plant Based Meals resourceEat More Plant-based Meals (PDF) offers easy tips and simple steps to adding plant-based meals to your weekly menu. Discover how to save time and money in your quest for meatless meals.


vegetarian infantCan I raise a vegetarian baby? What foods can I feed my vegan baby?

Vegetarian Infants RDVegetarian Infants (PDF) offers tips for breastfeeding and formula feeding during the early months of a life. When it is time to add solid food, parents will discover lists of the foods that provide the best sources of iron, zinc, calcium, Vitamin B12 and other nutrients essential for a growing infant.


spinachWill I become anemic if I stop eating meat? What plant foods supply iron?

Iron in Vegetarian Diets resourceIron in Vegetarian Diets (PDF) provides information about the iron found in plant foods, how to increase absorption of iron, and the iron requirements for athletes following a vegetarian diet.


quinoaWhat is Choline? Do I need it?

Choline in Vegetarian Diets thumbCholine in Vegetarian Diets (PDF) provides information about a nutrient that provides several functions in our bodies, including the development of an infant’s nerves and brain. Discover how a total vegetarian can consume adequate amounts of this essential nutrient.


edamame

Are soy products safe?

Safety of Soyfoods resourceSafety of Soyfoods (PDF) answers common questions about the use of soy products. This tool provides evidence-based research on the safe use of soy in all types of diets.


Vegan/Vegetarian MythsDoes a vegetarian or vegan diet provide adequate protein, calcium, and other nutrients?

Vegetarian/Vegan MythsVegetarian/Vegan Myths (PDF) provides information on how plant-based diets provide all the necessary nutrition for healthy diets free of animal food sources.


tofuIs soy safe?
Will eating tofu increase my risk for breast cancer?

IsoflavonesIsoflavones in Vegetarian Diets (PDF)
The Isoflavones in Vegetarian Diets provides information on the benefits of eating soy for the prevention of breast and prostate cancers, reducing cholesterol, improving bone mineral density and reducing symptoms of menopause.


Vitamin B12Does a total vegetarian get enough Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 in Vegetarian DietsB12 in Vegetarian Diets (PDF)
B12 in Vegetarian Diets provides information for total vegetarians on plant sources of Vitamin B12.


pregnancyI’m pregnant and I am vegan/vegetarian, will my baby be healthy?

Vegetarian Diets in PregnancyVegetarian Diets in Pregnancy (English PDF)
Dietas vegetarianas durante el embarazo (Spanish PDF)
Vegetarian Diets in Pregnancy guides expecting moms with nutrition tools to make the best food choices during pregnancy.


healthy kidsCan I raise healthy vegan/vegetarian children?

All types of vegetarian diets are healthy for the life span, including infants through teenagers. Below are resources covering each level of development.

Vegetarian Diets During Lactation Vegetarian Diets During Lactation (PDF)
Vegetarian Diets During Lactation provides all types of vegetarians information on how to select the healthiest foods while lactating.
Vegetarian Nutrition for Toddlers & Preschoolers Vegetarian Nutrition for Toddlers & Preschoolers (PDF)
Vegetarian Nutrition for Toddlers and Preschoolers provides information for parents and childcare providers who are planning vegetarian meals for toddlers and preschoolers.
Vegetarian Nutrition for School-Aged Children Vegetarian Nutrition for School-Aged Children (PDF)
Vegetarian Nutrition for School-Aged Children provides information for parents, and school food service workers, on how to plan nutritious vegetarian meals for school-aged children.

vegetarian teenMy teenage daughter/son wants to be vegetarian
—what do I do?
How can I tell my Mom I want to quit eating animals?

Vegetarian TeensVegetarian Teens (PDF)
Vegetarian Teens will guide teenagers choosing to eat meatless (and assist their families) on how to choose healthy foods that insure their diet is supplying them with the nutrition they need to continue growing well.


calciumWill I get enough Calcium on a 100% plant-based diet?

Meeting Calcium Recommendations on a Vegan DietMeeting Calcium Recommendations on a Vegan Diet (PDF)
Meeting Calcium Recommendations on a Vegan Diet provides vegans, vegetarians, and others nutrition information to find non-dairy food sources for calcium.


sports nutritionCan a vegetarian win at competitive sports?
How does a vegan eat to run a marathon?

Sports Nutrition for VegetariansSports Nutrition for Vegetarians (PDF)
Sports Nutrition for Vegetarians shares how eating a plant-based diet provides adequate nutrition for full-time and weekend athletes.


kidney diseaseWhat vegetarian foods can I eat on a reduced protein, low sodium diet for kidney disease?
Can I eat vegan/vegetarian while on dialysis?

Vegetarian Diets in Chronic Kidney DiseaseVegetarian Diets in Chronic Kidney Disease (PDF)
Vegetarian Diets in Chronic Kidney Disease provides information on planning all types of vegetarian diets during the various stages of kidney disease.


zincCan a vegetarian provide minerals like zinc?

ZincZinc in Vegetarian Diets (PDF)
The Zinc in Vegetarian Diets provides the nutrition tools to assist all types of vegetarians select foods with adequate zinc.


How do I know a Vegetarian Diet is safe for me and my family?

Position of the American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian DietsWell-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. Read more from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics »


Looking for ideas to go Meatless?

Healthy Tips for Meatless Meals

 

Follow these tips for including meatless meals into your family’s diet.