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Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarians are people who do not eat meat or fish. Lacto-ovo vegetarians avoid meat but do consume eggs and dairy products, while vegans abstain from using or eating any animal products.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Vegetarianism
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information. It includes links to articles and overviews about the vegetarian diet, including nutritional considerations.

American Dietetic Association: Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets
This site provides an overview of the various nutritional considerations of vegetarian diets with the perspective that planned vegetarian diets can be healthful, nutritionally adequate and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.


  • Vegetarian dishes from across the Middle East. Haroutunian A. 2008.
  • Flextarian table: inspired, flexible meals for vegetarians, meat lovers, and everyone in between. Berley P. 2007.
  • Vegetarian Supercook. Elliot R. 2006.
  • Students go vegan cookbook. Raymond C. 2006.
  • Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers: Fresh Ideas for the Weeknight Table. 2005.
  • World Vegetarian Classics: Over 220 Essential International Recipes for the Modern Kitchen. Brown C. 2005.
  • Vegan with a vengeance. Moskowitz C. 2005.
  • Vegetarian Family Cookbook. Atlas N. 2004.
  • The Best Vegetarian Recipes: From Greens to Grains, From Soups to Salads. Shulman, M. 2001.
  • The Winter Vegetarian: Recipes and Reflections for the Cold Season. Goldstein D. 2000.
  • Vegetables Rock! A Complete Guide for Teenage Vegetarians. Pierson S. 1999.
  • Being Vegetarian. Havala S. 1996.
  • Dietitian’s Guide to Vegetarian Diets: Issues and Applications. Messina M. 1996.
  • Vegetarian Cooking for People With Diabetes. LeShane P. 1994.
  • Vegetarian Pregnancy: The Definitive Nutritional Guide to Having a Healthy Baby. Yntema S. 1994.


  • Vegetarian Journal. 1999–.
  • Vegetarian Times. 1999–.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Center  at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.


Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011