with registered dietitian Debbie Petitpain to learn more about eating
vegetarian or just for tips for getting more delicious, packed with
nutrition, fruits and veggies into your daily diet. Stop by the
Wellness Wednesday table in the lobby of the Children’s Hospital from
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24.
by Debbie Petitpain
Bariatric Surgery Team Registered Dietitian
A vegetarian menu is a powerful and popular way to achieve good health
and is based on a wide variety of foods that are both satisfying and
Vegetarians do not eat meat of any kind, including beef, pork, fish and
poultry. Vegetarians who eat dairy products and eggs are called
lacto-ovo vegetarians; while vegans eat absolutely no meat, fish,
poultry, eggs, or any dairy product; and they avoid other animal
products or derivatives such as bee honey.
Well-balanced vegetarian meals are rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits,
and whole grains, and typically are low in sugar, total fat, and
saturated fat; usually containing little or no cholesterol.
Following a vegetarian diet may reduce your risk of hypertension, heart
disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney stones, gallstones, and osteoporosis.
Planning a vegetarian diet should include protein and iron (whole
grains, dried beans, nuts and seeds, soy products, tofu, edamame, soy
milk) and low fat dairy. Some protein- and iron-rich foods include
green leafy vegetables, beans, lentils, and tofu; and nuts, which also
are excellent sources of calcium. All of these foods are also high in
fiber, water content, phytochemicals and other essential vitamins and
For additional information, visit http://vegetariannutrition.net.
note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st.
Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee
wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column
seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful
information concerning all aspects of health.
Friday, June 19, 2009