Vegetarianism: a way of life


A vegetarian is someone who follows a dietary plan that excludes any foods derived from animals, in an effort to respect animals and act against their exploitation, while at the same time contributing to the protection of the environment. As someone who belongs to this category of people, I am happy to come across the increasing number of studies that demonstrate the benefits of a vegetarian diet.

One of the first questions that arises in discussions on vegetarianism is on the topic of protein intake. According to experts, it is possible to meet 100% of our daily protein requirements through a variety of plant protein options, such as pulses, soy products, seitan (wheat gluten), quinoa, flaxseed and nuts. There are also many discussions on the intake of vitamin Β12. My nutritionist advises that I can get this vitamin from tofu, cereals and plant-based milk, but also recommends a B12 supplement. As for iron, this can be found in pulses, soybeans, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, mushrooms, olives and quinoa. Personally, having first consulted by doctor, by following a vegetarian diet I have discovered delicious new food combinations that offer benefits to my health and to the environment.





Tags: Lifestyle, Diet