Vegetarian and Vegan Diet

  • Author:
    Betty Kovacs, MS, RD

    Betty is a Registered Dietitian who earned her B.S. degree in Food and Nutrition from Marymount College of Fordham University and her M.S. degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She is the Co-Director and Director of nutrition for the New York Obesity Research Center Weight Loss Program.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Where can I get more information on vegetarian and vegan diets during pregnancy?

Vegetarian diets for pregnancy: http://www.pcrm.org/search/?cid=262

Pregnancy and vegan diet: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/
veganpregnancy.php

Where can I get more information on vegetarian and vegan diets?

Books and magazines

125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes: Quick and Delicious Mouthwatering Dishes for the Healthy Cook by Carol Fenster, PhD. Penguin Publishing, 2011.

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet by Brenda Davis, RD, and Vesanto Melina., MS, RD. Summertown, TN: Book Publishing Company, 2000.

Being Vegetarian for Dummies by Suzanne Havala, MS, RD. Cleveland, OH: IDG Books Worldwide, 2001.

New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide to a Healthy Vegetarian Diet by Vesanto Melina., MS, RD, and Brenda Davis, RD. Summertown, TN: Book Publishing Company, 2003.

Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make by Amber Shea Crawley. Vegan Heritage Press, 2012.

Simply Vegan: Quick Vegetarian Meals, 4th ed. by Debra Wasserman; Nutrition Section by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD. Baltimore, MD: The Vegetarian Resource Group, 2006.

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Lindsay S. Nixon. BenBella Books, 2011.

The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN. McGraw-Hill, 2008.

Vegan & Vegetarian FAQ: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions by Davida Gypsy Breier; Nutrition Section by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD. Baltimore, MD: The Vegetarian Resource Group, 2001.

Vegetarian Times: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/

Veg News: http://www.vegnews.com/web/home.do

Web sites

American Vegan Society: http://www.americanvegan.org/

North American Vegetarian Society: http://www.navs-online.org/

Vegan Action: http://www.vegan.org/

Vegan Outreach: http://www.veganoutreach.org/whyvegan/

In a Vegetarian Kitchen: http://vegkitchen.com/

The Vegetarian Resource Group: http://www.vrg.org/

Food and Nutrition Information Center: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/VegetarianNutritionResourceList.pdf

Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/8/2015

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