Big Surprise! New Study Finds Plant-Based Diet is Healthful

According to a study just published in the Medical Journal of Australia, vegetarians receive more health benefits than risks from their plant-based diet.

The paper, titled “Is a vegetarian diet adequate?,” found that a vegetarian diet provides adequate nutrition for adults and children, while significantly reducing health problems.

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Study results showed that vegetarians were taking in adequate amounts of protein, iron, and zinc, and were less likely to suffer from some of the nation’s top killers, including heart disease, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Vegetarians participating in the study showed no signs of omega-3 deficiency.

The study also found that vegetarian diets are perfectly healthful for pregnant women and children. There were no significant health differences between babies born to vegetarian and meat-eating mothers, and no noticeable differences in growth between vegetarian and meat-eating children.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Rosemary Stanton, noted: “…eating more plant-based meals is a good recipe for our own health and that of the planet.” Agreed!

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