Skimping On Key Vitamins And Minerals
Skimping on key vitamins and minerals
Meat is a super source of vitamin B12 and essential amino acids, which is why vegetarians tend to lack these nutrients, Smithson says. Those who shun dairy are often deficient in calcium as well, she adds. Even omega-3 fatty acids, which you can get from quinoa, hempseeds, and other plant-based sources, can be tricky to get enough of if you don’t eat fish or grass-fed meats. Smithson says vegetarians need to work extra hard to get sufficient levels of all of these nutrients. That may mean turning to supplements to fill in the gaps.
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