Health Tip: If You're a Vegetarian Athlete
(HealthDay News) -- Vegetarian athletes must get enough nutrients and calories to fuel their bodies without including dietary meat.
The American Council on Exercise offers these suggestions for vegetarian athletes:
Vegetarians who eat sufficient eggs and dairy products needn't be worried about protein deficiency.
Meat substitutes and soy also can be good sources of protein.
Vegans should eat nuts, seeds, legumes and whole-grain breads and cereals to get enough protein.
Get enough calcium via vitamin-D-fortified flour, tortillas, nuts and sesame seeds.
Get plenty of iron by eating spinach, nuts, seeds, eggs and legumes.
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