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Vegetarianism

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.

Vegetarian diets offer a number of advantages, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein, and higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, boron, folate, antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, carotenoids and phytochemicals.

Canadian adults do not get enough fibre. Women should aim for about 25 grams of fibre per day while men should aim for approximately 38 grams per day. Achieve this by eating plenty of plant foods - 5 or more servings of whole-grain products and 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit each day. As your increase your fibre choices, drink lots of fluids.

 
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