New Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets

Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets was released!

It states:

It is the place of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and might provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain ailments. These diets are acceptable for all phases of the life cycle, such as pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older maturity, and for athletes. Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable than simply diets full of animal products because they use fewer natural resources and therefore are associated with less environmental harm.

The paper contains a review of all of the nutrients of concern for vegetarians and a summary of the research on the health and environmental benefits.

As of the writing, a free PDF was downloadable in the hyperlinks to the paper above and below.

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Reference

1. Melina V, Craig W, Levin S. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Dec;116(12):1970-1980. • Hyperlink

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