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Vegetarian Teens

Your teen may want to be a vegetarian because they are concerned about their health, the environment or animal rights.  There is more to being a vegetarian than not eating meat.  While someone can live on peanut butter and french fries and call themselves a vegetarian, they won’t be healthy and may feel tired a lot.  Vegetarian eating can be easy and healthy with careful planning.

Is your teen worried about their weight?  Going vegetarian is not necessarily the answer.  Instead they should cut back on sweets (like pop) and fatty foods (like chips and hot dogs). 

Vegetarians may choose not to eat meat, fish or poultry, but do have milk and eggs.  Vegans do not eat meat, fish, poultry, milk or eggs.  Whether your teen chooses to be a vegetarian or vegan, it's important that they learn to plan their meals so that they remain healthy. If they don’t eat animal foods, they may not get enough protein, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.  These nutrients affect how healthy they look and feel!

For more information, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

Additional Resources:

Meal Planning for the Vegetarian Teen - EatRight Ontario