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Are Vegetarian Diets Healthy?

By    |   Friday, 23 Jan 2015 01:06 PM

Question: Are vegetarian diets healthy? I’ve decided to stop eating meat for health and moral reasons, but worry that I might be putting myself at risk by eating only fruits and vegetables. What do you think? 

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Vegetarian diets are a great way to increase our dietary fiber intake and to decrease our animal fat consumption. The downside is that exclusive vegetarian diets are difficult to follow and may leave you deficient in certain essential nutrients in the long term.
 
Often iron and other supplements are needed to maintain a long-term vegetarian diets, and some form of protein intake must be considered. I prefer to emphasize the vegetarian side of a diet and add lean cuts of chicken or fish to supply needed protein with a lean red meat product one to two times a week to round things out. 

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