How to be a healthy vegetarian

Many people chose to be a vegetarian for a number of reasons. It may be because they think that it is cruel to kill and eat animals for our consumption, it may be because they feel that there are not enough animals on the planet to sustain the rate we are slaughtering them or that they simply do not like the taste or the thought of eating meat. When taking the decision to become a vegetarian, it is important that you consider how you are going to remain healthy and what foods you can eat to replace the benefits of eating meat. By eating a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, soy products, and whole grains, vegetarians can get adequate nutrients from non–meat sources. Vegans or vegetarians need to ensure that they are getting enough protein (which is often found in meats), iron and calcium. Nuts are a great source of protein and can be included in everyday meals or as a snack to ensure you are getting the right amount from each food group. Investing in a vegetarian cookery book or looking online will allow you to find some great tasty recipes that are meat free.