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Meeting the nutrient reference values on a vegetarian diet

This is a republished version of an article previously published in MJA Open

Although only 5%–6% of females and 1%–3% of males claim to be vegetarian,1,2 a 2010 Newspoll Survey (commissioned by Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing) found that seven out of 10 Australians are eating more plant-based meals than previously, in the belief that eating less meat and more plant foods improves overall health. As with any dietary practice, vegetarian diets need to be well planned to ensure that meals are healthy, delicious and nutritionally adequate.3

Research has shown that a well planned vegetarian diet can meet nutritional needs for good health4 and may reduce the risk of cancer,48 cardiovascular disease,5,8,9 metabolic…