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 Posted 6/22/2014 10:25:53 AM
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I'm not a vegetarian, but it's easy to see that a lot of this is circular reasoning. If something like 95% of people were vegetarians and only 5% were meat-eaters, instead of the other way around, the diet wouldn't require any special research at all. There are really only a handful of things to be concerned about, and everything would be common knowledge.

Also there would be mainstream food products aimed at vegetarians, and the most commonly consumed products and dishes would be designed to provide a full range of nutrients to the consumer. There might even be supplementation in common products, the way that vitamin D is added to milk.
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Diet, like lifestyle, is a personal choice based on every individual's makeup and preference. My companion does not like shellfish and has never eaten lobster. How can anyone NOT like lobster?! Or shrimp, or crawfish.. but some people don't. Does this make them less healthy? I doubt it. Are vegetarians less healthy? The only report I read or heard recently was that vegetarians do not get the amino acids in their diet that meat eaters do and therefore may be prone to anemia. I agree. However, taking an iron supplement or B12 should help the condition. I tried a vegan diet once and did become anemic so I went back to eating a more well-rounded diet. A steady diet of meat and potatoes is not the healthiest way to go although some people feel fine eating that way and live long healthy lives. So, I think it has everything to do with your personal genetics. I'll never forget this old gentleman who was interviewed.. he had reached 100 yrs.. and the reporter wanted to know what kind of diet he attributed his longevity to. It was simply black bread and coffee. I say if it works for you then go for it! Of course, five fruits and veggies a day certainly can't hurt.
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 Posted 6/23/2014 11:37:06 PM
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Diet, like lifestyle, is a personal choice based on every individual's makeup and preference. My companion does not like shellfish and has never eaten lobster. How can anyone NOT like lobster?! Or shrimp, or crawfish.. but some people don't. Does this make them less healthy? I doubt it. Are vegetarians less healthy? The only report I read or heard recently was that vegetarians do not get the amino acids in their diet that meat eaters do and therefore may be prone to anemia. I agree. However, taking an iron supplement or B12 should help the condition. I tried a vegan diet once and did become anemic so I went back to eating a more well-rounded diet. A steady diet of meat and potatoes is not the healthiest way to go although some people feel fine eating that way and live long healthy lives. So, I think it has everything to do with your personal genetics. I'll never forget this old gentleman who was interviewed.. he had reached 100 yrs.. and the reporter wanted to know what kind of diet he attributed his longevity to. It was simply black bread and coffee. I say if it works for you then go for it! Of course, five fruits and veggies a day certainly can't hurt.


Dear Jomic, You discuss an important subject: The role genetics plays in " What exactly is GOOD for YOU ". An obvious example is: Certain peoples can thrive on dairy products as adults while other peoples get sick drinking milk as adults. But there are less obvious examples also.
    I am of Northern European descent. The old meat and potatoes works for me. I get by well with one to two pounds of beef per week along with potatoes, rice, onions, green peppers, carrots, pasta. I seem to have problems with green salads. Also spicy foods such as East Indians eat.
   I went veggie for years and did feel much weaker. I eat cheese and drink milk. Because of the NEW E.Coli strains out there I am wary of leafy greens, ground meat of any type, and sea foods. I seem to get sick EVERY time I eats a green salad. I used to enjoy them. Glad to hear from you.   ...Oscar
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This was an interesting read:
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/jan2006_awsi_01.htm?source=search&key=vegetarians%20live%20longer



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