Can vegetarians eat the same portion sizes as meat eaters or do we have to eat more?

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  • Can vegetarians eat the same portion sizes as meat eaters or do we have to eat more?


Answer #1 | 21/12 2013 20:30
You need to eat more. The iron in veggies is not used as well as the heme iron in meat. So you need to eat more. Same with protein. Your body has to convert the different amino acids in veggies and grains into protein. If you eat meat, the animal has already converted them, making it easier for our body to absorb and use their protein. Calcium, zinc, omega3s are other nutrients that are more difficult for a vegetarian to get than a meat eater.
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Answer #2 | 22/12 2013 13:30
Most veggies do not have the fat content as meat, so yes, you will need to eat more, unless you eat vegetable oils. The healthiest fats/oils come from nuts and seeds. Legumes and high starches eaten together give your body the essential amino acids needed by your body to build protein. Most veggies have about 8% incomplete protein. Health basics: drink the right amount of water--use an online calculator, usually take a multi-vitamin, combine your food properly, eat 80% alkaline foods, exercise properly, avoid poisons (research fructose & aspartame, pesticides, gmos), look at getting the B12, electrolytes and organic sulfur you need, research the best and worst foods. Increase health and cut costs by eliminating junk, all store drinks, grains cooked with legumes are high in all essential amino acids, and soups for breakfast, and invest in organic veggies as much as possible. Electrolytes is one of the main keys, having the right balanced amounts. When you want more plant-based foods, here are some recipes. Rip Esselstyn @ TED, former firefighter and 12yr professional tri-athlete, food that satisfies Texas-beef guys, dropping weight and their cholesterol by 60pts. Books: Fit for Life, Engine 2 Diet, The Natural Way to Heal, Wheat Belly If you want the next level of understanding how your body works and how best to feed it, research electrolytes. Results of Best foods: Amazing 70yr old woman vs typical USDA food results, using her backyard
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Answer #3 | 21/12 2013 17:39
Yes, just eat one serving of vegetarian protein, like beans, 1/2 a cup is 1 serving with 15 grams protein.
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Answer #4 | 21/12 2013 23:29
Vegetarians don't normally need to eat larger portions but vegans do. Since vegans live off of a plant only diet it takes a lot more food to ensure proper nutrition and claories.
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Answer #5 | 21/12 2013 15:05
If you are very confused, I would check out It logs all of your foods and makes sure you are eating enough of every food group (protein, carbs, fat, sugar) for your age, height, and weight.
Answer #6 | 21/12 2013 15:33
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Answer #7 | 21/12 2013 15:27
Eat enough plant-based whole foods to maintain your body weight. Limit your intake of simple sugars and simple carbohydrates like processed white bread, flour, etc. Use whole grain/complex carbs and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Don't sweat how much protein you're getting because you will get enough if you stick to these fundamentals. There is plenty of protein in plant-based food. And it is better for you than animal-based protein because it is much lower in artery clogging cholesterol and fat.
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Answer #8 | 21/12 2013 15:05
Just focus on your hunger cues. Your body will naturally tell you what you need. If you are hungry, or often get hungry: eat more, if not you are fine.
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