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Vegetarian Food & Culture. Katie Miner, MS, RD, LD. Food and Nutrition Club. Pancake Breakfast Today from 8:00am - 11:00am in Niccolls 101 (Foods Lab)!!!  2 pancakes (original or chocolate chip), scrambled eggs, and orange juice for only $3.00

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Vegetarian food culture

Vegetarian Food & Culture

Katie Miner, MS, RD, LD

Food and nutrition club

Food and Nutrition Club

Pancake Breakfast

Today from 8:00am - 11:00am in Niccolls 101 (Foods Lab)!!! 

2 pancakes (original or chocolate chip), scrambled eggs, and orange juice for only $3.00

Toppings include: butter, syrup, light syrup, berries, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and peanut butter.



  • Provide a background to vegetarian diets

  • Share personal experiences as a vegetarian

  • Offer tips for working with vegetarians

  • Discuss vegetarian products available

  • Offer tips for changing to a vegetarian diet

  • Provide resources for more information on vegetarian diets

Reasons people are vegetarians


Reasons People are Vegetarians

“A healthy vegetarian diet is one in which a variety and abundance of plant-based foods are primarily consumed.”

-LLU Vegetarian Food Guide

Health benefits

Healthier body weight

Increased fiber intake

Decreased fat and saturated fat intake

Lower blood pressure

Decreased risk of heart disease

Decreased risk of cancer

Increased soy intake

Health Benefits

The china study

The China Study

  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Reasons people are vegetarians1



Compassion for animals

Belief in non-violence


Act of independence from parents

Weight loss

Dislike of meat

Reasons People are Vegetarians

Types of vegetarians

Types of Vegetarians

  • Semi-Vegetarians

    • Usually eat only fowl and fish

  • Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians

    • Most common

    • Do not eat any animals

    • Eat eggs and dairy products

  • Total Vegetarians (Vegans)

    • Eat no animal products

Other variations

Other Variations

  • Raw Vegetarians

    • Eat only raw food

  • Fruitarians

    • Eat only fruit, fruit-like vegetables (tomatoes and cucumbers) and sometimes seeds and nuts.

  • Flexitarians

    • Vegetarians who eat meat

Personal experiences

Personal Experiences

  • Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian

  • Seventh-day Adventist Culture

  • Parent’s Influence

  • Reactions

  • Interacting with Non-Vegetarians

  • Eating Out

  • Traveling

Working with vegetarians

Working with Vegetarians

  • Don’t make assumptions

  • Avoid criticism and judgment

  • Recognize positive aspects of chosen diet

  • Assist in planning a nutritionally adequate diet that fits values

    • Use vegetarian food guides

    • Point out problem nutrients and where to find them

Nutrient checklist

Nutrient Checklist

  • Protein

  • Calcium

  • Vitamin D

  • Vitamin B12

  • Iron

  • Zinc

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Vegetarian products

Soy Products

Soy meat alternatives


Whole Soybeans

Textured Soy Protein



Soy Flour

Soy Dairy Alternatives

Vegetarian Products

Soy meat alternatives

Soy Meat Alternatives

Vegetarian foods

Vegetarian Foods

  • Quorn

  • Plants

  • Grains

    • Quinoa

    • Gluten

  • Beans

  • Nuts & Seeds

  • Vegetables

  • Fruits

Changing to a vegetarian diet

Changing to a Vegetarian Diet

  • Examine your current diet

  • Revise your current recipes substituting meat with vegetarian products

  • Find new recipes in cookbooks or on the internet

  • Make a list of vegetarian meals you can eat away from home

  • Try new products

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Changing to a Vegetarian Diet

  • Base your diet on plant foods – include a variety

  • Be creative

  • Plan a meal around a vegetable

  • Eat a variety of foods

  • Try ethnic dishes

  • Use cheese, yogurt, legumes, nuts, and soy products to provide adequate protein



  • Vegetarian Resource Group


  • Vegetarian Nutrition DPG


  • Seventh-Day Adventist Dietetic Association


  • Loma Linda University Vegetarian Resources






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