In the comments to that post, readers helpfully added that vegetarians do have some special needs that they need to pay attention to, such as monitoring their iron and calcium intake. A reader also pointed out that some of the best runners in the world are in fact vegetarians.
It wasn’t really my intent to jump into a how-to of vegetarian eating in writing that earlier piece. If I over-simplified, I did so only to dispose of the question on the reader’s mind, not to provide a more detailed exploration of the challenges of vegetarian eating, of which there are many.
As a vegetarian eater myself – a choice that was foisted upon me primarily due to a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol – I am acutely aware of just how complex the very simple statement “you just need to get enough protein” really turns out to be. There are a couple of sides to this complex problem and today, I wanted to just wade a bit further into the pool here to offer some thoughts on the ins and outs of getting your protein from plant sources.
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