The general viewpoint is that you can’t go wrong with a vegetarian diet; it is nutrient rich with plenty of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. But did you know that vegetarian diets can be low in protein if adequate beans, lentils, and/or dairy are not included? For example, a vegetarian meal that only consists of a leafy green salad with a side of whole grain bread is low in protein. Adding beans to the leafy green salad, a side of lentil soup, and/or a serving of non-fat milk or yogurt are easy ways to include protein in the meal. Also, eating the same lettuce salad for lunch every day can also mean that your diet lacks variety. Eating a variety of vegetables and fruits ensures that you are getting different nutrients from naturals foods on a regular basis. Whether you are eating at home or in a restaurant, there are websites with free tools that you can use to look up the nutrition data of foods and recipes.
Most free nutrition databases that are available online, provide the calorie, carbohydrate, protein, and fat content of foods. They may also include additional nutrition information of food like dietary fiber, cholesterol, and sodium content. The field of nutrition is continuously evolving due to extensive scientific research that is conducted globally. Board certified nutrition professionals are required to continuously update their knowledge and skills based on the results of the latest scientific research. Stay current with dietary recommendations by reading nutrition tips provided by qualified experts; avoid the yo-yo effects of fad diets and miracle foods.
Qualified nutrition professionals with specializations in chronic health diseases, food allergies, dietary restrictions or ethnic diets may also offer support via personalized diet consultations and advice. Many Indians follow a vegetarian diet that also includes eggs, and dairy products like milk, yogurt, buttermilk, cheese, and butter. Most savory Indian snack foods tend to be deep fried while desserts are made with ghee (clarified butter). Moderation is important as both the snacks and desserts are high in fat. There are very few free online food databases that provide accurate Indian cuisine nutrition facts or a protein content food list for ethnic cuisine. Working with a qualified nutrition professional who is also knowledgeable in ethnic dietary restrictions helps with the creation of appropriate meal plans and diet modifications that work for your lifestyle and health requirements. Whether it is heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, pregnancy, or weight loss, utilize the services offered by qualified nutrition experts to meet your health goals.