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Vegetarian diet benefits people of all ages, study says

August 3, 2009 by  

Vegetarian diet benefits people of all ages, study says Scientists believe that properly planned and executed vegetarian diets can cover nutritional needs and moreover protect against chronic diseases.

The health benefits, described in the recommendations published by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) apply to infants, children, adults, including pregnant women, as well as the elderly.

ADA has released an updated position paper on vegetarian diets that appears in the July issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in which it says the conditions that can be prevented include heart disease and diabetes.

"[A]ppropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases," the paper states.

For example, vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates, it says.

It also stresses vegetarian diets are typically 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, which may explain their health benefits.

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  • scott

    Anyone interested in easy, reliable, time and taste tested, nutritionist approved (and developed), 1300 vegetarian recipes should take a look at “American Wholefoods Cuisine.” In print for more than thirty years it is considered the “vegetarian Joy of Cooking” by both gourmet and health writers. For more info go to One of the best ways to save money is to reduce meat consumption. Not only is veg protein less expensive but you will be healthier which will save you even more. And as many are discovering a meat dependent diet is harder on the environment.

    • elbert kliebert

      please send me the information, thanks

      e kliebert

  • Barbara

    When I took my daughter in for a check up the doctor was insistent in making sure she had meat protein in her diet.
    There now enough studies to determine a non meat diet hinders proper brain development.
    These children who are on no meat diets from the time they are born are anemic. Girls especially have raised levels of anemia when their periods start.

    • joanppgreen

      For essential “protein” try; Any “fermented” soybeans, Halawi dates, Hemp seeds and all dark green veggies or “sprouted” grains……Use your internet for other sources……

  • LJM

    William Campbell Douglas had many posts in his newsletter about the bad news about vegetarian or vegan diets. They can make you die early due to lack of nutrients provided by meat.


  • Merl Elton

    People need to know how much veggies to consume to get the adequate amount of protein each day. For example: total grams per day =; and how many grams per cup.
    Also, anyone over 50 needs to avoid salt like the plague. Salt causes high blood pressure; water retention, bloating, weight gain, osteoporosis, and many other undesirable conditions and chronic diseases. It is virtually impossible to avoid salt as even the healthiest products often contain too much salt. Salt is not needed for flavor. Pepper, herbs and olive oils are much better substitutes. I have banished salt from my house; a smart move; as most natural foods contain all the salt that is needed.

  • Keith H

    I have been a vegetarian for 10 years, with no problems, educated vegetarians are healthy, if you know the combination of foods to eat to get the complete protiens and essential fats for your body and brain. they’re won’t be any brain loss or B12 deficiency. Some vegetarians don’t know how to eat right, just like some meat eaters that don’t know how to eat right….?

  • Bill D

    I became a vegetarian 8 months ago because of the onset of type 2 diabetes. I cut out all animal fat, eggs, dairy and oils. I also cut out white flour breads and pasta and white rice. I eat pumpernickle, rye bread, brown rice and wheat pasta.
    I lost 33 lbs and I am no longer a diabetic.
    Since I have reached my target weight and blood sugar I now occasionally eat fish.
    It can be difficult at first, but you will find that there are tasty soy alternatives available at your local supermarket. There are 1000′s of excellent fullfilling receipes. There is plenty of protein in beans, nuts, and soy. In addition. fresh, un-cooked vegtables and nuts are loaded with enzymes and vitamins.
    I am 52 and I have no prescriptions. I have acheived low cholesterol, blood pressure and now blood sugar through diet. NO MEDS! Only a B-12 supplement. I do not do any extensive excercising, only my daily life routine.
    I loved eggs, steaks, hamburgers, chicken and ribs but I dont even miss them now. I would rather eat a double black bean burger!!
    Check out “Reversing Diabetes Now” author Dr. Neal Bernard. This book is available at
    I am not afraid of dying early from lack of nutrients in meat. What nutrients are in meat? I know one for sure, FAT!

  • 13th Gen. American

    Im sorry but yes for some no meat might be good. Still we are meat eaters. Look at the cow. No wild cows running around the woods and we tamed them. A cow is all for milk. meat. clothing, and the occasional tipping. What the hell is a chicken for other than eggs and meat and bed pillows. God gave it all to us for a reason. I do believe he also loved the gentiles more than the jews for one simple reason. Bacon. They couldnt eat pork. So sad for them. I think if a woman rubbed some bacon behind her ear before she went to the bar she could be butt ugly and have a line of men waiting for her to marry. I think if we were to only eat veggies and no meat God wouldnt have invented the Baconator from Wendys. Seriously, Have you had one? OMG. I bet God himself has one himself every now and then. No wait a minute Is he Jewish too or just Jesus? Anyway. We need good colored veggies and fruits also for a healthy diet but lets not forget the other food group chocolate but that is from a plant so You have a point there.. Cows and chickens eat grass and seeds so even though you are eating meat you are still eating grass and seeds in a way so I say to all those who dont eat meat at all. Everything in moderation, meat isnt the enemy. I do jest but I know this because all my dads family lived to be very old like late 80′s 90′s and they ate anything they wanted. Including meat. They just did everything in moderation.

  • abba

    Hey! Nice job here! I’ll be dropping by from time to time :)

  • Javier Daudt

    Thank you, very useful. I wasnt really a big fan of Spinach for many years ( understatement, I hated the stuff), but after shacking up with a vegan I kind of had to get used to it, and have slowly come to love the stuff. Spinach curry is undoubtedly my absolute favourite! I recently found an entire spinach recipes website which is my new favourite site now, you should take a look!


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