Vegetarian Nutrition

Vegetarian Nutrition

Welcome to the Vegetarian Nutrition project page. This project was published between 2007-2011. Highlights of this project include:

  • Target audience of adults and children.
  • The evidence analysis questions from this project are in four (4) sub-topic areas - Types and Diversity of Vegetarian Diets; Vegetarian Nutrition and Chronic Diseases; Vegetarian Nutrition and Nutrients; and Vegetarian Nutrition in the Life-Cycle.
  • The Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guidelines were published in 2011.
  • Expand the Project Resources section for information on products developed from this project.

Use the links on the left to access the project information.

  • Project Team

    The following individuals contributed their valuabe time and expertise to this project:

    Workgroup Members

    • Sudha Raj, PhD, RD, Chair
    • Amy Knoblock-Hahn, RD, LD
    • Diana K.Cullum-Dugan, RD, LD
    • Debbie Lucus, MS, RD, CDE
    • Kimberly J. Thedford, MS, RD, LD
    • Roman M. Pawlak, PhD, RD

      The Vegetarian Nutrition Workgroup members come from diverse backgrounds and varied professional, as well as personal experiences with vegetarianism. Each of the members has practiced a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle for a number of years. Together with their distinctive backgrounds and experiences, and their knowledge of peer-reviewed literature related to vegetarianism, they established the evidence-based Vegetarian Nutrition Guideline to support Registered Dietitians (RD) in his or her practice. The Workgroup’s aim is to guide the RD in facilitating healthy flesh-free and animal-free lifestyle choices that meet nutritional requirements and the personal needs and interests of a broad range of individuals. 

    Project Manager

    • J. Scott Parrott, PhD


    • Tami A. Piemonte, MS, RD

    Evidence Analysts

    • Cynthia P. Blocksom, MEd, RD, LD, CHES
    • Josh Brown, MS, RD, LD
    • Catherine A. Gerwick, MS, RD
    • Alida M. Herling, MPH, RD
    • Elsa Pinto Lopez, MS, RD
    • Linda Rankin, PhD, RD, LD, FADA
    • Claudia Sealey-Potts, PhD, RD, LD
    • Elizabeth F. Tilak, MS, RD
    • Jamie Zoellner, PhD, RD

    Association Positions Committee Workgroup

    • Dianne K. Polly, JD, RD, LDN
    • Katrina Hold, MPH, MS, RD

    Academy Staff

    • Deborah Cummins, PhD
    • Kari Kren, MPH, RD
    • Joan Schwaba, MS, RD, LDN
    • Esther Myers, PhD, RD

    Financial Contributors

    • Evidence Analysis
      • Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
      • American Dietetic Association Foundation
      • American Dietetic Association
    • Guideline
      • American Dietetic Association

    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, the Academy has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the Academy Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers.

    • None of the workgroup members listed above disclosed potential conflicts.