Nowadays, more and more people are becoming vegetarians for various reasons. But they don’t know how to keep a balanced diet and avoid deficiencies. Vegetarianism is a good thing that helps preserve the environment, the wallet, health, the life of animals, etc… but you have to know how to do it.
The vegetarian diet is better for your health than the Western meat diet. Eating vegetarian means ingesting less saturated fat, more fibre, vitamins, minerals and other protective plant constituents. Numerous studies show that vegetarians have lower bad cholesterol levels in their blood. They also have lower blood pressure, and a lower risk of developing diabetes and certain cancers.
Can you really do without meat and fish without risking your health? Yes, as long as you balance your meals !
Many foods can be replaced in order to balance your diet: replace meat with vegetable proteins, take vitamin B12 supplements, replace the omega 3 in fish with oils and flaxseeds, replace dairy products with calcium from dried fruit and green vegetables, etc.
The top 10 most protein-rich foods include parmesan cheese, almonds, hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta, tofu, cooked kidney beans, quinoa, whole milk yoghurt and brown rice. For more information, see our slideshow on the most protein-rich plants.