A well balanced vegetarian diet meets healthy eating recommendations and is nutritionally adequate for all stages of life including childhood, adolescence, pregnancy and lactation.
A healthy, vegetarian diet is one that includes a wide variety of wholegrains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds plus dairy foods and/or eggs if not vegan.
Types of vegetarian diets:
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarians: include dairy and eggs in their diet but exclude animal flesh.
- Lacto-vegetarians: include dairy in their diet but exclude eggs and animal flesh.
- Ovo-vegetarians include eggs in their diet but exclude dairy and animal flesh.
- Vegans exclude all animal-derived foods from their diet including eggs and dairy and generally honey.