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Vegetarian Diets Lack No Nutrients


Vegetarian Diets Lack No Nutrients

A research review published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that unlike what is commonly known vegetarians receive enough nutrients (zinc, iron and protein) from their strict meals.

"The evidence is quite good that people who follow a vegetarian diet are likely to have less heart disease, less colorectal cancer, less type-2 diabetes and they're less likely to be obese," Nutritionist Rosemary Stanton, who has written an accompanying editorial to the research papers, said.

This research analyzed earlier studies and found that a vegetarian diet has more benefits than risks on every  level.

Some criticize vegetarian diet for lacking adequate levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are critical for heart disease and cancer prevention, because Omega 3 is mostly found in fish. However, studies found that although vegetarians may not consume the recommended amounts of Omega 3, they do not seem to lack it either.

Vegans, people who refuse to consume any animal based product including eggs, milk and honey, experience deficiencies in vitamin B12, which is necessary to help make red cells and to keep the nerves functioning. However, signs of vitamin B12 deficiencies appear only after 5 years of a strictly vegan diet. Vitamin B12 can be obtained through supplements like vitamin B12-fortified foods or by daily use of supplements.

"The question they've been asking, which this supplement aims to answer, is: 'Is there a problem if I don't have meat every night?' And the answer is almost certainly no, but it doesn't mean that you just have a bucket of chips," Santon concluded.


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