What is a vegetarian diet?
A vegetarian diet is one that excludes meat, fish, and gelatine. For some people following a vegetarian diet they will include some animal products like dairy and eggs.
What are the health benefits of a vegetarian diet?
According to Harvard Health, vegetarians consume less saturated fat and cholesterol, and also eat more vitamins, fibre, folic acid, potassium and magnesium than people who eat meat. Because of this, vegetarians are more likely to have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index, which reduces the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
How can I eat a healthy vegetarian diet?
It’s important to make sure you’re eating a variety of foods and eat a healthy and balanced diet. Creating a healthy and balanced diet as a vegetarian means ensuring you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs; so eating a range of fruits and vegetables, ensuring you get enough calcium and vitamin D for healthy bones, muscles and teeth, getting enough protein, increasing fibre, eating good fats, and choosing healthy carbohydrates.
How can non-vegetarians join in with World Vegetarian Day?
Think that because you’re not a vegetarian, that you can’t get involved? Think again! Why not try out a new vegetarian dish on the day (or even for the whole month) or get together with work colleagues, friends and family and all bring a new vegetarian dish for everyone to try.
What vegetarian dishes can I try?
There's plenty of choice, you could try a vegetarian alternative of a meal you love and replace the meat or fish with a substitute or more vegetables, or why not try looking online or asking family and friends for some of their favourite recipes.
Below, we've pulled together some easy vegetarian recipes from BBC Good Food to get you started.