Vegetarian Diets

Health and Wellness Nutrition Education

People who follow vegetarian diets can get all the nutrients they require. However, they must be careful to eat a wide variety of foods to meet their nutritional needs. 

Are you looking for information on the different types of vegetarian diets, sources of important nutrients for vegetarians, vegetarian diets during pregnancy, and feeding vegan and vegetarian infants and toddlers?’s Eating Vegetarian page is a good place to visit.  From there you can link to several resources including:

  • CNPP’s MyPlate Tips for Vegetarians offering ways vegetarians can meet nutrient recommendations and create healthy vegetarian eating plans and 
  • NLM’s MedlinePlus: Vegetarian Diets containing general information about vegetarianism, as well as links to clinical trials and journal articles.  (Also in Spanish.)

Nutrients vegetarians may need to focus on include protein, iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12. Additional information about these nutrients can be found on the What's in Food page.

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Developed by: HHS, NIH, Medline Plus
HHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine
USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion