FoodAsk: IS VEGETARIAN or VEGAN DIET GOOD FOR YOU?

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As American Dietetic Association summarizes on vegetarian diet (including vegan diet):

  • Effects in evidences:
    • Lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease
    • Lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Lower rates of hypertension
    • Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
    • Lower body mass index
    • Lower overall cancer rates
  • Important:
    • Definition of vegetarian diet: the one that does not include meat (including fowl) or seafood, or products containing those foods
    • Important to incorporate enough key nutrients including proteinn-3 fatty acidsironzinciodinecalcium, and vitamins D and B-12 from foods and in some cases supplements and fortified foods
    • Beneficial effects shown above might due to higher intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, soy products, fiber, and phytochemical.

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