General Article Vegetarian health Q&A

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What is a vegetarian?

A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat, fish, poultry or any animal by-products such as gelatine. Vegetarians eat grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables, eggs, milk and dairy products. Vegetarians who don’t eat any dairy products or eggs are called vegans.

At what age is it safe to become a vegetarian?

A vegetarian diet is suitable for all ages. However, vegetarian diets are low in vitamin D, vitamin B12 and retinols (the animal form of vitamin A).

Sources of vitamin D include margarines and fortified breakfast cereals. Sources of vitamin B12 include fortified breakfast cereals and some yeast extracts such as Marmite. Sources of vitamin A include dairy products, margarines, carrots and dark green vegetables (for example, spinach, cabbage and broccoli).

Children also need protein and iron to grow and develop. Eggs, nuts (don’t give whole nuts to children under five, as they could chok

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