Vegetarian Diet More Nutritious
A new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association has found that vegetarian weight loss programs provide a more nutritious way to lose weight. The study, characterized as providing proof that vegetarian diets are “nutrient-dense,” contradicts the notion that vegetarian diets are somehow nutrient-deficient.
The study (Farmer et al. 2011), led by researchers from Eastern Michigan University, analyzed the diets and nutrient levels of 13,292 adults who were either vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The results found that vegetarian diets provided greater levels of many nutrients, including iron, folate, magnesium, fiber, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamin, and riboflavin. Other nutrient levels were found to be satisfactory and comparable to the non-vegetarian diets.
Study co-author Dr. Brian Larson was quoted saying that a vegetarian diet could be safely recommended for weight management without concern for deficiencies.
Source: Farmer B, Larson BT, Fulgoni VL 3rd, Rainville AJ, Liepa GU. A vegetarian dietary pattern as a nutrient-dense approach to weight management: an analysis of
the national health and nutrition examination survey 1999-2004. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Jun;111(6):819-27.