Category Archives: Vegetarian

Blood Vitamin B12 Levels in Vegetarians and Nonvegetarians

Vitamin B12 is an important essential nutrient required for normal metabolic function. Most vitamin B12 in foods are in those of animal origin, and as a result vegans and vegetarians have much lower intakes. Studies generally show that vegans have … Continue reading

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Vitamin B12 in Plant Foods

Vegetarians have limited options when it comes to sources of vitamin B12. This relates to the fact that the best sources of vitamin B12 are animal foods. Vegans are even more limited in choice as they cannot eat the few … Continue reading

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Vitamin B12 in Plants

Vitamin B12 is found in foods of animal origin and plants are poor sources of the essential nutrient. The major forms of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) compounds are cyanocobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, methylcobalamin and hydroxycobalamin. Vitamin B12 is considered difficult to obtain from … Continue reading

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Vegan Athletes: Creatine and Beta-Alanine

Veganism can be a healthy way to eat if extreme care is taken to maximise nutrient intake. The main pitfall associated with vegan diets is that because the diets are by their nature limiting diets, they may not contain a … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Versus Vegan Versus Omnivorous Diet

Studies have compared the nutritional quality of plant based and animal based diets. Generally vegan diets are highly restrictive as they exclude a large number of foods that are normally eaten. Vegan diets therefore tend to have the lowest energy … Continue reading

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How Healthy Are Vegan Diets?

Vegetarian diets are plant based diets that do not contain any animal flesh (meat), but which can contain animal products such as eggs and milk. Vegetarian diets are associated with improved health outcomes because they contain high amounts of nutrients … Continue reading

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The Three Main Nutritional Problems With Vegetarianism

Eating meat is likely required for optimal health. However, some choose not to eat meat and therefore must compensate their diet in order to provide the same level of nutrition as would be found with a meat and plant diet. … Continue reading

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Do You Really Need To Eat Meat?

Humans are omnivores, which means they have anatomical adaptations to consume both animals and plant foods. There is controversy about which diet may provide the greatest health effects, and in reality there is probably not one single diet that can … Continue reading

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The Main Problem With Vegetarian Diets: Iron

Plant based diets can be healthy because plants contain phytochemical, many of which have been shown to have beneficial health effects. In particular, plants are high in antioxidants and fibre. Vegetarian diets have been shown to have certain health benefits, … Continue reading

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The Main Types of Diet

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