By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:53:32 PM.
You can only get vitamin B12 in substantial amounts by consuming meat, fish, eggs and dairy. Cutting out all of these foods can sometimes be problematic and contribute to vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms like fatigue, weakness and others. For this reason it’s recommended that all vegetarians and vegans who abstain from eating most or all animal foods take vitamin B12 supplements. Some grains, beans and legumes, such as raw soybeans, lentils and Mung beans, may contain trypsin inhibitors and other “anti-nutrients” that can make digestion difficult and hinder nutrient absorption. These inhibitors can block key digestive enzymes, and One of the most common trends I’ve found from working with hundreds of vegans and vegetarians is that they tend to over-consume carbohydrates and sugars. Eating too many carbohydrates can cause Candida and yeast overgrowth, along with weight gain. There are some who have been able to find better balance, but this can take a lot of work and planning. acid found in grains can keep you from absorbing calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. However, soaking and sprouting your grains and legumes can greatly reduce phytic acid.
Think of all the new and delicious foods there are to try rather than thinking about the foods you’re giving up. You may find yourself surprised at how many options there really are. Some of your favorite foods are probably vegan to begin with, there’s loads of international dishes that are suitable for vegans, it can be so easy it is to "veganize" your old favorite meals and recipes. Don't worry about the changes you’re making, get excited about them!
"Appropriately planned" is the operative term. Unless you follow recommended guidelines on nutrition, fat consumption, and weight control, becoming a vegetarian will not necessarily be good for you. A diet of soda, cheese pizza, and candy, after all, is technically "vegetarian." For health, it is important to make sure that you eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It is also vital to replace saturated and trans fats with good fats, such as those found in nuts, olive oil, and Canola oil. And always keep in mind that if you eat too many calories, even from nutritious, low-fat, plant-based foods, you will gain weight. So it is also important to practice portion control, read food labels, and engage in regular physical activity.