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Lacto Ovo Vegetarian Diet Benefits
Expert opinions? Which has been proven to be the healthiest: a low-carb, hi protein diet or a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet?
Ideas vary: Different folks here will make different recommendations. Things seem to be shaking out recently in favor of the mediterranean diet, which is none-of-the-above. Especially, don't think that diet is so magic that it will make it unnecessary to exercise, otherwise live a healthy lifestyle, or ignore your personal physician's advice about your special health needs. Glad you're proactive. ...Read more
Yes, but...: There are advantages to eating a diet that minimizes unhealthy saturated fats, but a vegetarian diet does not limit processed goods that contain white sugar and flour and the diet also allows frying of food and trans-fats. So the plant based aspect of the diet is healthy, but not every aspect including excluding wild fish such as salmon rich in omega-3 fatty acids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good to know: The big studies have not shown increased longevity or much protection from any of the common cancers or vascular diseases just from vegetarianism / veganism. These people do tend to have other healthy habits. I admire the moral statement against the cruelty of factory farming. If you do not supplement (b12, several others) you will ruin your health -- your physician can guide you. ...Read more
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
No: Most people in the developing world seldom eat meat, but nowadays they're as fat as we are, or fatter. I'm sorry anybody told you otherwise. You need to count calories, avoid grease / salt / sugar, eat only to satisfy hunger, and get with some serious exercise. If you can stand to eat only boring food, that will help too -- that's how most "miracle diets" actually work. Good luck. ...Read more
I take a prenatal vitamin with vitamin a as beta carotene only. Can that cause toxicity combined with my lacto-octo-vegetarian diet?
Contact provider: Contact your primary care provider with this question. ...Read more
A vegetarian diet: Is healthy. For more information, check out drmcdougall.Com and nutritionfacts.Org. Both cite lots of research on the benefits of a plant-based diet. Nutritionfacts.Org includes information on the effects of diet on numerous health issues. I don't know of any disadvantages to a vegetarian diet other than having to ignore food commercials on tv and look harder for suitable restaurants. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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