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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