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Is A Vegan Diet And Better Than A Vegetarian Diet
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
Animal Fat & Protein: I encourage families to include animal fat and protein in their diet, as traditional societies around the world. A well-balanced (fat/protein/carbs) nutritionally packed vegan/vegetarian diet is possible, but less probable - especially for children. http://getrealforkids.com/resources/real-food/balanced-meals-snacks/1987-secrets-of-a-balanced-meal#. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you get enough nutrients from a vegan diet? I'm vegetarian, but cannot imagine how to get protein if i were to take out dairy
Is a vegan diet healthy for kids? I became a vegetarian when i was a young teenager. More recently i turned vegan because i was having health problems caused by dairy. Because i became a vegetarian when i was so young, i never learned how to cook meat. I
Whether : Whether to eat meat or dairy is a personal choice. With that said - to have a balanced diet, a vegan needs to have a significant knowledge base. Vegan diets are often low on vitamin b 12, calcium, vitamin d, iron and other nutrients. If these are not obtained through the diet, there needs to be appropriate forms of supplementation. If you plan to raise your children as vegans, i really suggest you thoroughly educate yourself on the matter. It takes much more careful planning for your kids to fill their nutritional requirements if they are vegans. I would also suggest you work with a good nutritionist, to ensure that children's nutritional requirements are met. A possible option could be a primarily vegan diet with some dairy and /or meat supplementation. Raising children on a vegan diet is not child abuse. It can however, be trickier than a vegetarian diet or eating that includes fish and meat. If you are not vegan based on moral issues and your main concern is about cooking separate meals- how about making the same basic meals for the whole family and augmenting the children's meals to ensure that their intake is balanced? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Better options: Despite a great deal written about the supposed health (as opposed to moral) benefits of the vegetarian / vegan diets, the most recent very large study in england showed no difference from meat-eaters in longevity or any category of disease. To reverse / control atherosclerosis, manage risk factors, eat sensibly as you like best, and especially get into serious physical fitness. ...Read more
Possibly: But it may make it worse, depending on the cause. Most bacterial food poisoning and gastroenteritis occurs with animal products. Avoiding "food, inc's" processed livestock products will reduce that. But if you have food sensitivities, they may come from vegetables or grains and cause similar symptoms. For example gluten sensitivity or celiac disease from wheat can cause GI symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Gastroenteritis means an inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines. There are many causes. Self-limited viruses are the most common cause. Other causes include lactose (dairy) intolerance, celiac disease (wheat gluten sensitivity), inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) and others. If it is recurring, it should be further investigated by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Your choice: Both will require supplementing with nutrients, the vegan diet much more so. Both will cause you to lose weight because you're making food choices that aren't greasy / sugary / extremely tasty so you won't overeat. An even better option is to get with your physician and examine your diet and exercise habits -- fitness activities make friends for you & lifestyle change keeps you lean long-term. ...Read more
I was 200pounds 2yrs back n got pcos. lost 60 pounds in 9months on vegetarian diet n i am vegan now. Do i still have pcos or is it cured?
PCOS: http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.html PCOS is usually not cured but managed. Irregularity of periods can reverse as getting pregnant is an issue if irregular. Losing weight is very helpful with respect to insulin resistance which is a component of the condition. A repeat ultrasound could document if there are still multiple cysts ...Read more
Vegans undertake their diet either out of concern for the way that factory-farmed animals are treated, or because they have heard too-good-to-be-true claims about the health benefits. Anyone undertaking a vegan diet will need to supplement elaborately in order to avoid ruining their health, but i especially honor those gentle souls who do it ...Read more
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