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What you need to know about organic foods and vegetarian diets

Is organic better?

Organic foods are grown and processed differently than non-organic foods. Although people may choose organic foods because they believe that they are healthier and safer, there is not enough research to confirm this.

People often choose organic foods because they are concerned about the use of pesticides and the environment. Pollutants may be found on both organic and non-organic foods, so all vegetables and fruit should be washed well.

Learn more about pesticides.

Is a vegetarian diet healthy?

Vegetarian diets usually don’t include meat, chicken and fish. Some vegetarians choose to eat eggs and dairy products, while some don’t eat these foods. If you’re choosing a vegetarian diet, it’s important to know how to replace meat with nutritious alternatives like soy, legumes, nuts and seeds.

A well-planned vegetarian diet tends to be healthy because it’s low in saturated fat and high in fibre and includes a variety of vegetables and fruit. But diets that include lean white meat and fish, and red meat in small amounts, can also be healthy.