Vegetarian Diet More Nutritious

weight loss and vegetarianismA 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.

Case Adams is a California Naturopath with a PhD in Natural Health Sciences, and Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner. He has authored 26 books on natural healing strategies. “My journey into writing about alternative medicine began about 9:30 one evening after I finished with a patient at the clinic I practiced at over a decade ago. I had just spent the last two hours explaining how diet, sleep and other lifestyle choices create health problems and how changes in these, along with certain herbal medicines and other natural strategies can radically yet safely turn ones health around. As I drove home that night, I realized I needed to get this knowledge out to more people. So I began writing about health with a mission to reach those who desperately need this information. The strategies in my books and articles are backed by scientific evidence along with wisdom handed down through traditional medicines for thousands of years.” Case connects with the elements by surfing, hiking and being a beach bum.

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