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Health Tip: Eat a Balanced Vegetarian Diet

Here's how to get the right nutrients

(HealthDay News) -- A vegetarian diet may reduce your risks of diabetes and heart disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) says. But vegetarians also have to eat foods with a healthy balance of nutrients.

The AHA offers these guidelines:

  • Eat enough protein. You can try adding soy to your diet, which is protein rich.
  • Eat plenty of nuts, whole grains, vegetables, and legumes.
  • Get plenty of iron by eating lots of spinach, beans, dried fruits, and iron-fortified foods.
  • Try eating foods fortified with vitamin B-12, or consider taking a B-12 supplement.
  • Avoid foods high in sugar or fat.
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