Vegetarian Diet
(Vegan, Lacto and Ovo-Lacto)

WHAT IS A VEGETARIAN DIET?

A vegetarian diet is the general term used to describe diets that are based around plants foods, and exclude meat, poultry, seafood or other animal-derived foods. The three common vegetarian diets are vegan, lacto vegetarian, and ovo-lacto vegetarian. A vegan diet is a diet based only on plant foods, excluding all types of meats and animal-derived products. A lacto vegetarian diet is a diet that includes dairy and plant foods. A ovo-lacto vegetarian diet is a diet that includes eggs, dairy and plant foods.

There are many health benefits associated with a vegetarian diet, however if not managed properly some key nutrients may be lacking in the diet (nutritional deficiency), including protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, calcium, and omega-3. Each person is an individual and will have different nutrient requirements. It is about balance, moderation, variety, adequacy, and knowing what food is right for your body.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to ensure you are meeting your dietary requirements and improve your overall health. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your blood test results and diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Australian Vegetarian Society
Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group

REFERENCES

Crowe, T., Smith, D., Walsh, A., Whitney, E. & Rolfes, S. (2014). Understanding nutrition: Australian and New Zealand. South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
Dietitians Association of Australia. (2017). Vegetarian diets – the basics. Retrieved 24 January, 2017, from https://daa.asn.au/smart-eating-for-you/smart-eating-fast-facts/healthy-eating/vegetarian-diets-the-basics/
Dietitians Association of Australia. (2017). Vegan diets: everything you need to know. Retrieved 24 January, 2017, from https://daa.asn.au/smart-eating-for-you/smart-eating-fast-facts/healthy-eating/vegan-diets-facts-tips-and-considerations/
Mahan, L., Stump, S., Raymond, J. & Krause, M. (2012). Krause's food & the nutrition care process. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier/Saunders
PEN. (2012). Vegetarianism: Background. Retrieved 24 January, 2017, from http://www.pennutrition.com/KnowledgePathway.aspx?kpid=2709&trid=19086&trcatid=38