Posted by SkySitter (188.8.131.52) on September 13, 2000 at 01:57:05:
In Reply to: Meat posted by Savaka on September 12, 2000 at 22:41:33:
Replacing Animal Sources of Nutrients
Vegetarians who eat no animal products need to be more aware of nutrient sources. Nutrients most likely to be lacking and some non-animal sources
vitamin B12--fortified soy beverages and cereals
vitamin D--fortified soy beverages and sunshine
calcium--tofu processed with calcium, broccoli, seeds, nuts, kale, bok choy, legumes (peas and beans), greens, lime-processed tortillas, and
soy beverages, grain products, and orange juice enriched with calcium
iron--legumes, tofu, green leafy vegetables, dried fruit, whole grains, and iron-fortified cereals and breads, especially whole-wheat.
(Absorption is improved by vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, peppers, dark-green leafy vegetables,
and potatoes with skins.)
zinc--whole grains (especially the germ and bran), whole-wheat bread, legumes, nuts, and tofu
protein--tofu and other soy-based products, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains, and vegetables
Iodine is in the table salt and seaweeds.
Historically, it is not practical for lama to be a vegetarian. You can't plant anything in Mongol or Tibet. The solid tea brick imported from China might be their only source of "vegetarian" food.
It is practical to say: It works for me to be vegetarian, a Chan/Zen practitioner, etc.
It is not wise to say: my diet can beat up your diet, my practice can beat up your practice, etc.
Buddha has never turned away soldiers or anybody who has killed. Everybody can be a good Buddhist. Nobody is better than anybody else. A practitioner can always be better that what she/he was.
(In Chinese communities, people do even debate if egg, galics, onion, etc. part of vegetarian diet...)
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