26 July 2011

Study shows that vegetarian diets can be more nutritious than animal product diets

Even though the following statement is far from breaking news and seems ridiculously obvious to those of us who have cut out meat, a study conducted by Eastern Michigan University revealed that a vegetarian diet can be nutritious.Yes sound the bells and alert your neighbors.

More importantly though, the findings which were published in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the July issue of Food Nutrition & Science, show that vegetarian diets are not deficient in the vitamins and nutrients once thought to be only found in diets rich in meat and other animal products.

In other words the belief that those who eat vegetarian diets lack protein, vitamin B12, calcium, zinc, and iron is bunk.

What might even be more surprising to our meat eating counterparts: vegetarian diets are more nutrient rich than animal food diets.

Using a cross-sectional analysis of a National and Nutrition Examination Survey that took place between 1999 and 2004, researchers determined that vegetarians had higher mean intake levels of fiber, vitamins A, C and E, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, magnesium, and iron when compared to non-vegetarians.

Of course we already knew that, didn't we.

*The study was originally conducted in 2009 

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Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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