Information on Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

The Physicians Committee

Information on Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Vegetarian Starter Kit

A good place to begin is the Vegetarian Starter Kit, which is also available in Spanish-language: Guía de Iniciación una Dieta Vegetariana.

The Power Plate

PCRM's Power Plate offers a healthy alternative to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Pyramid. The Power Plate's interactive Web site includes a colorful, user-friendly graphic that depicts a plate divided into four new food groups: fruits, grains, legumes, and vegetables—and recipes and facts for each group. It also includes information on disease-fighting, plant-based diets, and special sections for educators and health professionals.

The Power Plate Web site shows you how to add more color to your plate with fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains—the four food groups that provide all the good nutrition you need.

21-Day Vegan Kickstart

Based on research by Neal Barnard, M.D., PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program has already given more than 65,000 people the chance to try a healthful vegan diet. Kickstarters receive daily e-mails for a step-by-step diet makeover, including recipes and nutrition webcasts. The Kickstart offers an interactive support network—including a Facebook fan page and a discussion board featuring registered dietitians—to help participants make sustainable dietary changes. If you are already following a vegan diet, this program can help you cut down on oils and other fats and add more healthful meals to your menu.

Additional Resources

Our fact sheet Vegetarian Foods: Powerful for Health is also available in Spanish-language: La Comida Vegetariana: Poderosa para la Salud.

FAQs About Vegetarian Diets offers additional information on issues such as protein, milk, eggs, athletic performance, essential fatty acids, lactose intolerance, calcium absorption rates in foods, vitamin B12, vegetarian diets for correctional facilities, and incorporating vegetarian meals on college campuses.

FAQs About General Nutrition Issues

The New Four Food Groups

Information About Diabetes

If you're pregnant, be sure to read Vegetarian Diets For Pregnancy.

To raise vegan children, read our fact sheets:
Vegetarian Diets for Children: Right from the Start
Vegetarian Diets: Advantages for Children

Healthy Snacks for Kids

If you are interested in speaking in your community about the role of vegan diets in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, please feel free to use this Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease lecture as a template for your discussion. To request literature to accompany you discussion, please visit PCRM's literature store.