Recently, there has been a lot of attention in the media about vegetarianism and veganism. It is hard to distinguish false information from true, scientifically based information. Here at DC Eats we offer vegetarian and/or vegan alternatives to menu items ?, and today I want to debunk some information for you and show you how we design and include meals that are nutritionally adequate.
What is Vegetarianism?
Vegetarianism is a diet free of meat and/or meat products. With a large increase in the popularity of vegetarianism, a few dietary variations now exist. These include:
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarians: include dairy and eggs in their diet but exclude animal flesh
- Lacto-vegetarians: include dairy in their diet but exclude eggs and animal flesh
- Ovo-vegetarians: include eggs in their diet but exclude dairy and animal flesh
- Vegans: exclude all animal-derived foods from their diet including eggs and dairy and honey
What are potential health benefits of Vegetarianism?
People follow a vegetarian diet for many reasons. These include health, economic and ecological reasons. Recent evidence has suggested that a well-balanced vegetarian diet can protect against chronic disease including heart disease, high blood pressure & diabetes. These benefits are attributed to the reduction of meat consumption and inclusion of more plant-based foods. The latter is the most vital. Inclusion of more vegetables & salad is an asset to your health. The nutrients provided by these foods are like the nuts and bolts for your body.
Although an appropriately planned, well balanced vegetarian diet will meet healthy eating recommendations and is nutritionally adequate for all stages of life, if not well balanced there is a risk that individuals may suffer vitamin/mineral deficiencies. These include protein, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin B12. These vitamins are important to maintain a strong immune system, muscles & energy for everyday life.
Why should you use Deliciously Clean Eats for your vegetarian needs?
Here at Deliciously Clean Eats we offer vegetarian alternatives to menu items. These meals are designed to include foods and food combinations that make them nutritionally adequate.
The meals include a wide variety of:
– Wholegrains (brown rice, quinoa)
– Legumes (chickpeas, black beans, lentils)
– Dairy foods (cheese, yoghurt)
– Nuts & seeds.
These plant based foods provide protein, iron, vitamin B12 & zinc making them nutritious options for vegetarians.
Achieving a nutritionally balanced vegetarian diet can be difficult without the right education & skill. Our endeavor is to assist individuals by providing meals that will meet their needs nutritionally, aesthetically and taste wise.
Select the protein drop down tab within a menu item to select the vegetarian alternative.