Do vegetarians need vitamins?

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Rather tough to find a duh-er question, right?

Of course vegetarians need vitamins. Just like everyone else.

Vegetarianism is being adopted by non-vegetarians too, these days, because of its various health benefits. This is good, so long as you ensure you’re getting all the good nutritional substitutes for meat.

You will also need to check to see if you require supplements to your diet.


If you are Vegetarian, a multivitamin-and-mineral supplement, which will give you 50%-150% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) per tablet, is generally recommended

If you are Vegan, your  diet might lack vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D, zinc and iron because you don’t eat animal products. What you must do is ensure your multivitamin includes these.  Your supplement must  contain at least 400ug folic acid.

At all times, remember that multivitamin or vitamin supplements are just an add on to your healthy diet. 

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  1. Mack Shepperson

    December 16, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I believe that vegetarians need vitamins too. Because the vegan diet consists purely of leaves, it may be lacking in nutrients which the body needs. Meats have a wealth of protein, and because vegans do not consume meat, they may suffer from a lack of protein. Vitamins can provide the nutrients they lack from eating purely vegetables.

  2. Vidya Sury

    December 16, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Thanks for your comment, Mack Shepperson.

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