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Health Risks Of Being A Vegetarian
We're vegetarians, but still eat pretty unhealthy. For the new year my goal is to go vegan (plant based and raw).Please tell me about the benefits.
Benefits unproven: There is much research showing benefits of a vegetarian diet but little research on the additional benefits of a raw vegan diet. Proponents claim it's the best possible diet.It has been shown to often reverse diabetes.I believe eating mostly plants is extremely healthy but don't feel raw is always best for everyone. Make sure to take b12. See my comment for links to some articles on this subject:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it unhealthy to become a vegatarian? I have heard you have to take a lot of vitamin supplements.
No- very healthy,No: A large body of research shows vegetarian diets are "associated with lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, less obesity ; consequently less heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer ; mortality."-quoting from http://bit.Ly/1cysymm vegetarians probably need less supps because their diet is better. Vegetarians live longer, though there is some debate about why- see http://bit.Ly/gagviu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 and has information on unhealthy aspects of eggs. ...Read more
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
Don't eat meat!: There are different subtypes of a vegetarian diet. Most vegetarians do not eat meat (including poultry & seafood) but do eat dairy & eggs. Some avoid all animal-derived foods (this is a vegan diet). It is important that you obtain adequate protein- excellent sources of protein include eggs, nuts, seeds, beans & dairy. See my comment for a nice link to an article by dr. Bob sears with 12 faq's:. ...Read more
Yes: There are many health benefits to being a vegetarian and essentially no health consequences because of the readily available food sources these days, which more than cover any nutritional deficiencies from not eating meat products. ...Read more
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