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Good And Bad Effects Of Being A Vegetarian
Be discerning: If you're a vegetarian, you'll need to supplement to get enough of some of your nutrients such as B12 and iron. Even protein may be a challenge. Despite all the huckstering, the big studies show no difference between vegetarians and omnivores in longevity or any category of disease when you control for the other stuff. You can claim the moral high ground. Make the choice freely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The human diet is naturally a plant-based diet. Some animal products like eggs are also highly beneficial. Saturated fats are even ok in moderation when derived from plants like coconut oil. Animal saturates are more inflammatory. So a diet of 80% and 20% animal is likely the best human diet. A vegetarian who eats eggs and dairy can acquire all the essential nutrients a human body needs. ...Read more
Read on: So many say the are vegetarian and don't eat meat eggs ot fish.I do think a veg diet can be very healthy but it does take work. U have to add to ur diet protein like beans, add green leafy veg. Grains and legumes.At every meal every day and a lot of them , too many just eat more carbs. Get some books. And read them this diet can be very healthy but very detrimental if done wrong. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr.'s are telling me to be vegetarian. I'm having a hard time adjusting. Is a baked/steamed potato w/veggies etc a day bad? It helps keep me full. Ty!
Potatoes OK, also...: Vegetarian diets are associated with reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes etc. But a strict vegetarian diet is not for everyone. While it's wise for all of us to eat mostly vegetables, occ. Wild salmon, organic chicken or grass-fed meat may be ok for you. No problem with baked/steamed potatoes- avoid fries! i highly advise dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian diet-see http://bit.Ly/1dhw9ht. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Depending on how much meat you are used to eating would depend on how fast to eliminate it from your diet. If you eat meat with every meal, try having only 1 meal a day contain meat, then you can stretch it to just meat on weekends until you are meat free. Try some meat substitutes (like smart bacon or chik'n patties) and find some new vegetarian favorites, like veggie lasagna, or salads or quinoa. ...Read more
Not at all: People can't fully digest beans because our bodies do not make enzymes that break down certain starches in beans. The bacteria in our intestines then break down the starches & produce gas. Beano provides enzymes that help to break the starches down, thus reducing gas. I know of no harm from taking beano regularly. An alternative is to sprout beans, which also improves digestibility of the starches. ...Read more
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