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From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The ADA has long said that vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate for every stage of the life-cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescenceóand for athletesóbut just recently, the ADA updated its position paper in support of vegetarianism.
I already knew that a vegan diet is healthful and nutritionally adequate and can help prevent and treat certain diseases, but itís a big coup when the American Dietetic Association (ADA) says so too!
Now, the ADA has long said that vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate for every stage of the life-cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescenceóand for athletesóbut just recently, the ADA updated its position paper in support of vegetarianism. Among other things, the paper explains that healthy, plant-based diets can preventóand even reverseómany life-threatening diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
The ADA also points out that well-planned (not just Oreos, pop tarts, and French fries, obviously) vegetarian diets can meet the recommendations for protein, n-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, iodine, calcium, and vitamins D and B12, as well as other essential nutrients. (If you want some basic healthy-eating tips, check out my blog, A Veganís Guide to Good Nutrition.)
Best yet, the ADA predicts that the number of vegetarians in the U.S. will increase over the next decade. Yay! If youíre one of the people who havenít gone vegetarian yet, what are you waiting for? Seriouslyóyou donít have any excuses! Our ďVegetarian Starter KitĒ will help get you started in the right direction.
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