Vegetarian Diet

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Vegetarian diets are based on cereals, pulses, nuts and seeds, vegetables, and fruits, and may often include dairy products and eggs. In general, it is lower in saturated fat and higher in starch, NSP, fruits and vegetables than a non-vegetarian diet.[1]


As mentioned previously, a vegetarian diet includes:[1]

  1. Cereals, pulses, nuts and seeds, vegetables, fruits, and may include dairy products and eggs.
  2. A lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet excludes any meat, poultry, and fish, but does include dairy products and eggs.
  3. Vegans do not consume any foods of animal origin.
  4. Unless otherwise specified, reference to vegetarians means lacto-ovo-vegetarians.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Key, TJ, Davey, GK, and Appleby, PN (1999)Health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 58:271-275.
  2. Margetts, BM, Beilin, LJ, Vandongen, R, Armstrong, BK (1986) Vegetarian diet in mild hypertension: a randomized controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 293(6):1468-1471.
  3. Snowdon, DA, and Phillips, RL (1985) Does a vegetarian diet reduce the occurrence of diabetes. AJPH, 75(5):507-512.