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Living well tip of the week

Living Well Tip of the Week

Vegetarian diet

Vegetarian diets tend to have fewer calories, lower levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, and more fiber, potassium and vitamin C than other eating patterns. Vegetarians tend to weigh less than meat eaters, and to have lower cancer rates.

Tips for meeting nutritional needs:

Meet protein needs with nuts, beans, eggs and dairy foods.

Vitamin B12 is naturally found only in animal products. Choose fortified foods or take a B12 supplement if you don’t eat animal products.

Get calcium from dairy products and calcium fortified soy milk, cereals or orange juice.

Don’t overcook vegetables, or they might lose valuable nutrients.

Visit the Living Well Platform at to use the meal planner and nutrition tools.

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