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Vegetarian Eating for Athletes

SCAN authored fact sheet highlighting the requirements of the vegetarian athlete.


An Evidence-Based resource from the Sports Dietetics - USA subunit of SCAN.

Vegetarian athletes may be at increased risk of nutrient deficiencies. This fact sheet reviews nutrients of concern, as well as strategies and tips to meet nutrition goals while following a vegetarian eating style. 

Length: 1 page, single-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public

Key Words: Athletes, Vegetarian, Plant-Based Diet, Protein, Iron, Vegan, Performance Foods, Calcium-Rich Foods, Vitamin B12

Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN or a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” a or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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