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How do I make the switch to a plant-based diet?

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Start eating more fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. If you want, you can cut back on animal products, or cut them out.

Check with a dietitian to make sure you get the nutrients you need. For example, you'll need a supplement or foods fortified with vitamin B12 if you totally cut out animal products. You'll also want to be sure you get enough iron, calcium, and zinc.

If you decide to swap dairy products for plant-based milks, check the label to see how much calcium and vitamin D they have.

SOURCES:

MyPlate: "Tips for Vegetarians."

American Heart Association: "Vegetarian Diets."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 06, 2018

SOURCES:

MyPlate: "Tips for Vegetarians."

American Heart Association: "Vegetarian Diets."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 06, 2018

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