More than seven million Americans consider themselves vegetarians and an additional 22 million say they’re on a vegetarian diet. Whether it’s for nutritional, environmental, or moral reasons, following a vegetarian diet has many benefits. For example, studies have found that people on vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease. However, if you’re contemplating trying a vegetarian diet, you also need to be aware of the nutrients you’ll be missing, so you’ll have to get them from somewhere else. The information in this section will help you toward a healthy, vegetarian lifestyle!