Vegetarian Nutrition

Fruits and Vegetables

Find articles and educational tools that are related to types of vegetarian diets, cooking techniques, and nutritional concerns. Information is geared towards nutrition educators, parents, and children.



Choices for Achieving Adequate Dietary Calcium with a Vegetarian Diet

American Society for Clinical Nutrition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Discusses calcium intake issues specific to vegetarians. Includes information on calcium sources, bioavailability, and a comparison of sources of absorbable calcium with milk. Also includes a detailed discussion of calcium status relative to protein, sodium, and caffeine intake.


MedlinePlus: Vegetarian Diet

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

List of resources for a wide range of information on vegetarian diets and nutrition. Also available in Spanish.


MyPlate Tips for Vegetarians

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Includes nutrient considerations for vegetarians and meal planning tips for vegetarians.


american heart association logo Vegetarian Diets

American Heart Association.

Provides basic information about vegetarian diets as well as key nutrients that are important for optimal health.


MedlinePlus: Vegetarianism

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Encyclopedia definition of vegetarianism, including types of vegetarian diets, nutritional concerns and recommendations.


GirlsHealth.gov - Vegetarian Eating

DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center.

Geared towards girls ages 10-16, this page reviews the different types of vegetarian diets and explains how vegetarians can be sure to get all the nutrients they need.


TeensHealth: Becoming a Vegetarian

Nemours Foundation. TeensHealth.

Web site geared toward teenagers who are considering becoming vegetarians. It includes reasoning for becoming a vegetarian, types of diets, nutritional concerns and meal planning tips.


KidsHealth: Vegetarianism

Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth.

Helps parents guide the nutritional habits of vegetarian children to ensure the adequacy of their diets.


Beans and Other Legumes: Types and Cooking Tips

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. MayoClinic.com.

Describes and provides colored pictures of common types of beans and legumes along with tips for preparing them and ways to add more legumes to a diet.


Vegetarian Resource Group

Vegetarian Resource Group.

Non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. Web site includes nutrition information and vegetarian recipes. In addition, the group publishes the Vegetarian Journal, and also publishes and sells cookbooks, pamphlets and article reprints.


Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom logo Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom

Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom.

Registered educational charity promotes knowledge and understanding of vegetarianism. Find information sheets, recipes, and more.


Vegetarian Nutrition Resource List (PDF | 247 KB)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

This resource list provides bibliographic information on vegetarian nutrition in a variety of formats. The resources are available as articles, pamphlets, books, audio-visuals and website links for full-text resources.


What do vegetarians in the United States eat? (PDF | 152 KB)

American Society for Clinical Nutrition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Compares the "nutrient and food consumption patterns of self-defined vegetarians and nonvegetarians in representative sample of the US population."


Essential fatty acid requirements of vegetarians in pregnancy, lactation and infancy (PDF | 110 KB)

American Society for Clinical Nutrition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Review of "the essential fatty acid status of vegetarians during pregnancy, lactation, and infancy and makes some recommendations with regard to dietary intake and further research."