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Is a vegan diet and better than a vegetarian diet?
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Dr. Lonny Horowitz
Bariatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: NO
I not a fan of either and don't advise either unless there is a religious or other reason to follow such an extreme program.

In brief: NO
I not a fan of either and don't advise either unless there is a religious or other reason to follow such an extreme program.
Dr. Lonny Horowitz
Dr. Lonny Horowitz
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not the strict vegan
A vegan, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian are all types of vegetarians.
Because some things (calcium, vit.D, vit.B12, protein) are harder to get if a vegetarian eats no egg or dairy, a vegan has a much harder time finding all the nutrients he needs to stay healthy. However, a lacto- or ovo-vegetarian must be wise enough not to overeat fats from yolks and milk (butterfat).

In brief: Not the strict vegan
A vegan, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian are all types of vegetarians.
Because some things (calcium, vit.D, vit.B12, protein) are harder to get if a vegetarian eats no egg or dairy, a vegan has a much harder time finding all the nutrients he needs to stay healthy. However, a lacto- or ovo-vegetarian must be wise enough not to overeat fats from yolks and milk (butterfat).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine
In brief: Worse
The long term effect of a low fat, vegan diet is malnutrition.
Used for a short time (4-6 weeks) a low fat diet can be employed for weight loss. However, the long lerm effects of low fat diets are miserable. A low fat - high carb diet will lead to high Insulin levels, high triglcyerides, low hdl, metabolic syndrome and finally high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. www.edibolic.com.

In brief: Worse
The long term effect of a low fat, vegan diet is malnutrition.
Used for a short time (4-6 weeks) a low fat diet can be employed for weight loss. However, the long lerm effects of low fat diets are miserable. A low fat - high carb diet will lead to high Insulin levels, high triglcyerides, low hdl, metabolic syndrome and finally high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. www.edibolic.com.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Dr. Michael Rothman
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Not Clear
Despite pop culture beliefs, I am unaware of any serious , scientific proof that either is better than a normal diet in moderation.
Particularly in kids.So be careful.

In brief: Not Clear
Despite pop culture beliefs, I am unaware of any serious , scientific proof that either is better than a normal diet in moderation.
Particularly in kids.So be careful.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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