NUT102 Vegetarian Nutrition

3 semester hour credits

A comprehensive overview of the scientific literature addressing the health status (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) and health needs of vegetarians; the basics on beginning a vegetarian lifestyle; review of various vegetarian diets including lacto-ovo, vegan and macrobiotic; risks of a non-vegetarian diet; how vegetarian diets affect nutritional requirements; supplementation for vegetarians; plant food sources of all essential nutrients; meal-planning guidelines for vegetarians throughout the lifecycle and for diabetics, athletes, and those with weight problems; vegetarian guidelines for food preparation and use of grains, legumes, and soy products; practical applications for counseling vegetarians.