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Go veggie for overall good health

July 1, 2009 by  

A meatless diet offers benefits such as lower blood pressure, a reduced risk of heart disease and hypertension. A new paper offers revised information on how vegetarianism provides extra intake of vitamins D and K for bone health, indicating that they may help prevent osteoporosis.

While giving up meat is extremely unappealing to some people, the latest research indicates that many could benefit from switching to a vegetarian diet.

This paper, published by the American Dietitian Association, reveals that a vegetarian diet may help prevent some diseases such as cancer, heart disease and obesity in both adults and children.

The report was written by Dr Winston Craig of Andrews University, and he further explained the positive outcomes for those following a vegeterian diet.

"Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and have higher levels of dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids and other phytochemicals," he wrote, concluding that nutritional differences may explain some of the health advantages experienced by those following a varied, balanced vegetarian diet.

He further explained that dietitians can help their clients by providing this kind of information and encouraging them to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their meal plans, eliminating some meat for other forms of protein. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19246509-ADNFCR

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  • mbarnes01

    The title of this article suggests that vegetarianism provides vitamin D. Diet can only provide a fraction of the vitamin D needed. The sun or supplements are the only way to get enough. Go to This site has all the facts and almost every statement is linked to an original publication in Pub Med

  • irenefk

    I agree that vegetarianism is an awesome path for anyone with health challenges such as cancers, stomach and digestive issues and lots of health issues to definitely do this type of diet. I believe the raw foods that God created for us will always be best and so easy to prepare and so convenient. You seldom ever hear of allergies or ill effects of eating natural foods.

    Why you don’t even have labels to read, isn’t that a cool idea also?

    • Jamie Shafer

      Cancer sufferers in particular need meat protein in their diet. This helps build immunity and gives strength and overall health to fight cancer.

    • Rick

      I can’t believe what I read about how healthy eating fruits and vegetables are for you! Stating that there isn’t any labels to read would be and should be a major concern to any consumer who is health conscious. The media fails to report that most vegetables and fruits are sprayed numerous times with pesticides, fungicides and then sprayed with a preservative before shipment. Read the labels on these products and tell me you are not exposing yourself to cancer causing agents. I would suggest that even more concern should be given to these products grown outside of the U.S. where pesticides and fungicides banned here for a number of years are still being used and plants are watered from sewage treatment facilities. I am still a proponent of eating a well balanced diet with something from all food groups which are grown in the U.S.

  • Jamie Shafer

    This article is a terrible scam. All persons need meat protein in their diet for good health. Meat protein should come from red meat, poultry, fish/seafood, and eggs – alternating and 1/3 to 1/2 pound per day. An all vegetarian diet deprives individuals of the necessary components to bolster immunity among other necessary things.
    Hang you head in shame for pushing this trash!

    • http://no Brian Rawls

      You are right. I dont believe this at all. We are all going to die but the question is do you want to live long enough to become feeble minded. lol

  • irenefk

    I’m disagree with you as white fats of all kinds feed cancers such as meats, sugars, flours are all breeding grounds. Some of the legumes and other raw foods are loaded with proteins. Cancers needs fats such as these to grow so why feed them, why not starve cancer and it will die.

  • Patti

    Bones of vegetarians are 5% less dense than those of meat-eaters. FYI.

  • Gina

    Patti: Bones are only less dense if not stressed enough to retain density whether or not you are eating meat. The worst culprit in decreasing bone density is an acidic system that leaches calcium from your bones but the medical side of things, the FDA and the Pharmaceuticals, can’t make their billions if they support this truth. It has been proven that no disease can live in a body that is alkaline. A healthy diet which includes large amounts of vegetables and fruits, especially greens, will help prevent any serious illnesses. An ounce of prevention……

    • s c

      You made two great points here, Gina. First, most people suffer from an acidic diet (made worse by MDs who are utterly incompetent in nutrition). Second, between the FDA and the drug firms, it’s a wonder there are any healthy people in America.
      The kicker in this dates back to roughly 1936, when it became public knowledge that farms across the nation had depleted soil, which made nutrition levels in vegetables anything but nutritious. Educate yourself. Don’t rely on health professionals who are not held to high standards (most MDs).
      Make taking care of your immune system #1. Keep a lid on your bad habits. If you get sick, get second and third opinions.

  • toby Lee

    You do not need meat to get your protein as some of these post suggest. Plant material contains protein also. Everyone should read The China Study the biggest study on diet and health every conducted-the result-the more animal protein you injest compared to plant protein the worse your health. Our common state of vitamin D deficiency also does not help and leads to many chronic diseases. If you are interested in vitamin D you should take a look at The Canadian Cancer Society now recommends that everyone take vitamin D to prevent cancer. The site has good summaries of the data and offers a new preparation of vitamin D in a micro-pill formulation. The pills have been formulated with cellulose which absorbs water very quickly. This ensures that the pill breaks up very quickly to provide for maximum absorption. The micro pill is tiny and tasteless. Many vitamin D pills on the market have very poor dissolution properties resulting in poor absorption.
    The site also offers to supply customers with a free supply of 400IU for their children and it also has a good newsletter.


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