Palo Alto, CA
A 31-year-old female asked:

Is it true that vegetarian diet is healthier than a diet consisting of red meats chicken and fish that also includes fruit and vegetables?

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Dr. William Forsythe
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Moderation is key: As with most things, too much of a good thing may not be good. Too much red meat can cause problems with weight management and cardiovascular health. Fish is a good source of healthy, cholesterol reducing omega's. Balance is key and a strict vegetarian diet will sometimes require people to increase their need for other supplements. There are good organic sources for meat, fruits and veggies.
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 23 years experience
The modern western diet probably consists of more red meat than humans have historically consumed for the past 10,000 - 100,000 years. Red meats tend to contain more cholesterol & fat than white meat, & less omega-3 oils. We're probably not adapted to consume so much red meat. That being said, moderation & a well-balanced variety of foods is key for a good diet.
Sep 18, 2015
Last updated May 5, 2016


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