I've been a vegetarian for 4 years and I don't think
I'm getting enough protein. What would be good protein sources
Getting enough protein isn't tough with a well-planned
vegetarian diet, especially if you include eggs and dairy. It's
when a vegetarian diet isn't planned at all that nutrition
trouble can start. All too often people give up eating meat but end
up eating more carbohydrates and snacks. Look for alternative
sources of protein, including beans (kidney beans, chickpeas, and
lentils, etc.), nuts, soy, and low-fat dairy products.
If you're a vegan, you can still get protein from eating
beans and soy products, but it may be a little harder to get
enough, and you also have to pay attention to other important
nutrients like B vitamins, iron, and calcium.
If you're on a restrictive diet or are concerned about any
aspect of your nutrition, set up an appointment with a licensed
For more on this topic, check out the box below.
Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: May 2007
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