Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:21 pm Post subject: New Australian Dietary Guidelines Released
The latest version of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and Australian Guide to Healthy Eating have been released.
For the first time it is made clear that eating a vegetarian or vegan diet is a viable option, and gives advice on serve sizes of meat alternatives (such as legumes and tofu) and non-dairy milks.
"Alternatives to animal foods include nuts, seeds, legumes, beans and tofu. For all Australians, these foods increase dietary variety and can provide a valuable, affordable source of protein and other nutrients found in meats. These foods are also particularly important for those who follow vegetarian or vegan dietary patterns.
"Australians following a vegetarian diet can still meet nutrient requirements if energy needs are met and the appropriate number and variety of serves from the Five Food Groups are eaten throughout the day. For those eating a vegan diet, supplementation of B12 is recommended. For further information seek the advice of an Accredited Practising Dietitian."
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