American Dietetic Position on Vegetarian Diets [offsite link]
Read this article for the scientific lowdown on vegetarian diets. This paper illustrates some of the key benefits of a vegetarian diet, and also provides a helpful to chart showing plant-based sources of common nutrients.
Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition [offsite link]
This site contains all the need-to-know information about the Fourth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition. The conference is held every five years, and in 2002 it will be at Loma Linda University, April 8-11.
Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association [offsite link]
Those with a professional interest in vegetarian nutrition should check out this site. This community of scholars and professionals conducts research into the effects and benefits of a plant-based diet.
FDA Consumer Article: More People Trying Vegetarian Diets [offsite link]
This 1995 article highlights the rise in people switching to a vegetarian diet for health and nutrition reasons. The article discusses important health concerns, such as preventing cancer and lowering your risk of heart disease.
Nutrition Matters: An Introduction to the McDougall Plan [offsite link]
The McDougall Plan is a vegan diet endorsed and developed by Dr. John McDougall. Advocates of the system report better health and increased energy when following this plan. In addition to being a vegan diet, the plan also reduces salt and oil intake in its recipes
Pregnancy and the Vegan Diet [offsite link]
This article by Reed Mangles, PhD, RD, covers some of the most common concerns of pregnant women on a vegan diet. According to the article, research indicates that those who follow a responsible lifestyle and a balanced diet can have a healthy pregnancy without animal products.
Protein, Calcium, Iron, Oh My! [offsite link]
This article from the East Tennessee Vegetarian Society provides important facts and recommendations concerning the vegetarian diet. The article highlights the key vitamins and minerals most essential to a vegetarian diet.
Veg*an Nutrition FAQ [offsite link]
Mark and Virginia Messina are prominent figures in the vegetarian community. This site provides answers to numerous nutrition questions, ranging from the effects of soy to infant and teen nutrition.
Vegetarian Nutrition and Health Letter from Loma Linda U. [offsite link]
Loma Linda University publishes this online newsletter devoted to vegan and vegetarian health issues. Issues include a feature article, research findings, expert advice and book recommendations.
Vitamin B12: Are you getting enough of it? [offsite link]
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that is more commonly found in animal products. The recommendation is that those on a vegan diet take a daily vitamin to ensure they are meeting their dietary needs. Read this article for the lowdown.
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