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Is vegan healthier than vegetarian diet?

Is vegan healthier than vegetarian diet?

Yes: Vegan is always healthier than vegetarian which is healthier than omnivore (the most common) diets. You don't need any animal or dairy products in your diet after childhood. Just be sure to take B12 supplements because B12 is the only vitamin found only in animal products. As for calcium, eat plenty of leafy greens. Vitamin d - unless you live in the tundra, the sun is best. Protein --> beans. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Are low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Are low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Not necessarily: There is no single diet that is best for everyone. I believe it is wise to minimize sugars and simple starches, but i believe a diet with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and low-fat proteins is healthier than a strict low carb diet (which is relatively high in fat and protein). See http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health/ for my essay on the pros and cons of various diets. ...Read more

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Can vegetarians be healthier than meat eaters?

Can vegetarians be healthier than meat eaters?

Well sure...: ...but if you want to make the case that a vegetarian diet is better than a non-vegetarian one, you might first check out other HealthTap answers on the subject. Controversy continues to the point that many people who are trying to eat right are confused by the constant bombardment of health recommendations that seem prone to being overturned years later. Dietary moderation & exercise remain key! ...Read more

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Are diet drinks actually healthier than regular sodas?

Are diet drinks actually healthier than regular sodas?

No!: Stay away from nutrasweet and splenda. Things sweetened with stevia are safe. Even be careful with xylitol as it is metabolized in the same pathway as fructose. ...Read more

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Are organic eaters more healthy than people who eat processed food?

Are organic eaters more healthy than people who eat processed food?

Probably not: There is a huge promotion for "organic" foods that are produced without fertilizers or insecticides and therefore cost much more. Despite the emotionally-based and politically-correct rhetoric, nobody has been able to convince most of the scientific community of the physical (in contrast to emotional) benefits, especially since organic-eaters tend to have healthy lifestyles generally. ...Read more

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Healthy breakfasts great to lose weight?

Healthy breakfasts great to lose weight?

Losing weight: A good breakfast is important and the best way to keep weight (w) off is by behavior modification (b). People who lose w without b have more than a 90% chance of gaining back their lost w in 1 year. Find out what causes you to overeat and see if you can engage in activities to avoid doing so. If you can if you can do this you can not only lose w, you will be successful in keeping it off long term. ...Read more

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Low carb high fat diets. Are they healthy?

Low carb high fat diets. Are they healthy?

Low-carb, high fat: Diet is not healthy under most circumstances. Check out www.Drmcdougall.Com and www.Nutritionfacts.Org for information on a healthy diet. They cite lots of research on the benefits of a low-fat, plant-based diet. ...Read more

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Are calorie restrictions or low carb diets effective?

Are calorie restrictions or low carb diets effective?

Yes: By eating more fresh fruits and especially vegetables which are lower in carbohydrates compared to processed foods such as high calories such as cakes, you could lose weight by taking in less calories and feeling fuller. Calorie restriction or portion control is another way to lose weight. However, the smaller size of what youre eating may not be as satisfying as having more fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Does eating more carbohydrate (rice, pasta) prevent weight loss?

Does eating more carbohydrate (rice, pasta) prevent weight loss?

NO!: They and sugar are the major cause of obesity. Eating white rice in eastern countries caused beriberi. Good class protein, appropriate fat and complex carbs make up a balanced diet that you get from "god-made" food. ...Read more

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Are gluten free foods healthier?

Are gluten free foods healthier?

Not necessarily : Of course by avoiding gluten many bad foods are excluded but being gluten free does not make it neccessarily more healthy then another product. ...Read more

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Could consuming organic food help lose weight faster than regular food?

Could consuming organic food help lose weight faster than regular food?

No: But if it is fresh, the lack of pesticides is a + for your health. ...Read more

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Healthy breakfast choices for weight loss?

Healthy breakfast choices for weight loss?

Things you like: Eat what you like and what's healthy. Eat a smaller portion at each meal and exercise more frequently to lose weight. All foods contain calories; eat a smaller amount than you burn off and eat them intelligently. ...Read more

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Do vegetarians lose weight easier?

Do vegetarians lose weight easier?

Usually: Research shows that on average vegetarians consume 500 less calories a day than meat-eaters, and this will lead to weight loss, but it depends on the details of your diet. If you eat lots of french fries, sodas & ice cream you might be vegetarian but won't lose weight. Eating lots of vegies and limiting sugars and grains will help. See http://weightloss.About.Com/cs/nutrition/a/aa092903a.Htm. ...Read more

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Might consuming diet soda effect my weight loss diet?

Might consuming diet soda effect my weight loss diet?

Diet soda BAD!: Stay far away for diet soda. Nutrasweet and splenda are both not good for you, and can even promote weight gain. ...Read more

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How to eat a healthy vegan diet?

How to eat a healthy vegan diet?

Less processed food: You may have an unhealthy vegan diet if you add too many processed foods. Granted , they may be better than non vegan choices. Using whole foods whenever possible is a good start. ...Read more

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Aren't foods healthier microwaved instead of fried?

Aren't foods healthier microwaved instead of fried?

For the most part: If you fry foods at too low a temperature or put too much food in the pan it will lengthen the time it takes to cook and will cause the food to absorb more fat from the oils. Some oils are less healthy than others. Studies support the notion that fried foods increase the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Frying in a canola oil for very brief time at high temp may be less harmful. ...Read more

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Is a 1500 calorie diet healthy and sustainable if vegetables, fruit, lean protein and in processed carbohydrates are consumed?

Weight and Activity: Yes that diet can certainly be sustained if it provides for the caloric expenditure of the individual on a daily basis. The mix of foods you choose is also very good. By "processed" i assume you mean complex carbohydrates. If you happen to be 350lbs and 6ft 4in then you are going to be rather hungry for quite some time. ...Read more

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Vegetarian diet to loose weight?

Vegetarian diet to loose weight?

Weight Loss Tips: 1. 60% of your calories should come from protein sources 2. Carbohydrates should be 25% of the calories and come mostly from complex cars and not simple sugars 3. Fat calories should be 15% and again avoid animal fats as much as possible. 4. Exercise with a heart rate of 130 BPM for at least twenty minutes daily 5. Limit your overall calories to 1500 to 1800 calories/day. ...Read more

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Are ketogenic diets safe & healthy?

Depend.: Ketogenic diets are used to lose weight and is basically 1 portion of fat to protein and also used to treat epilepsy. To be safe, anyone on this diet has to drinks a lot of fluids due to the resulting ketoacidosis. Make sure you are physically healthy and see your pcp first before you launch on this diet. Many people swear that it is effective for weight loss especially with people with diabetes. ...Read more

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