Myth vs. Fact: Do Vegetarians Need Supplements?
MYTH VS. FACT
Myth: “If I am a vegetarian, I need to take supplements because I don’t get enough in my food.”
Fact: It is not always necessary for vegetarians to take supplements if they are consuming a wide range of foods. Consuming eggs and dairy will help meet protein, B12 and iron needs. If vegetarians are vegan or do not consume dairy or eggs, then getting protein from beans, nuts, seeds, nut butters and soy foods are good options. Also, choosing whole grains high in protein like quinoa and oats can also contribute to protein requirements. They key is eating a variety of foods from as many food groups as you can.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.