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  • Vegetarians don’t eat meat for a range of health, environmental, ethical, religious or economic reasons.
  • There are many different types of vegetarianism.
  • A well-planned vegetarian diet can meet nutritional needs during all stages of life.
  • Some nutrients, such as protein, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B12 and vitamin D can be harder to obtain from some types of vegetarian diets.
  • Special care needs to be taken during pregnancy, breastfeeding and with children on vegetarian and, especially, vegan diets.

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Reviewed on: 08-12-2023