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  • Just 15 years ago, finding cruelty-free versions of our favorite foods was like a game

    of scavenger hunt. But today, virtually every major grocery store sells animal-free

    foods like veggie burgers, creamy soy and rice milks, meat-free “chicken” patties,

    soy sausage, and even dairy-free ice creams. And restaurants—from fast-food to

    four-star—are more frequently offering healthy and animal-friendly dishes.




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    “Vegetarian” means different things to different people. In this guide, the word

    describes avoiding meat, eggs, and dairy products––also called ����� (pro-

    nounced VEE-gun). A lacto-ovo vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, but

    does eat dairy (lacto) and eggs (ovo).

    Read on and see why increasing numbers of compassionate, health-conscious,

    and earth-friendly people are eating vegetarian fare and just how easy it can be!

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    �s rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hyper-

    tension, and other life-threatening conditions skyrocket in

    the United States, many researchers and medical experts

    come to the same conclusion: A vegetarian diet can help

    protect your health and even reverse some diseases,

    including the most common one—heart disease.

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    “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association

    and Dietitians of Canada that appropriately planned

    vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate,

    and provide health benefits in the prevention and

    treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegan and

    other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life

    cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and

    adolescence. Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional

    benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol,

    and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates,

    fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as

    vitamins C and E and phytochemicals.

    Vegetarians have been reported to have lower

    body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as

    well as lower rates of death from ischemic

    heart disease; vegetarians also show lower

    blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and

    lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and

    prostate and colon cancer.”

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    “Appropriately planned vegan, lacto-

    vegetarian, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian

    diets satisfy nutrient needs of infants,

    children, and adolescents and promote

    normal growth. Vegetarian diets in

    childhood and adolescence can aid in

    the establishment of lifelong healthy

    eating patterns and can offer

    some important nutritional

    advantages. Vegetarian

    children and adolescents have

    lower intakes of cholesterol,

    saturated fat, and total fat

    and higher intakes of fruits,

    vegetables, and fiber than

    nonvegetarians. Vegetarian

    children have also been reported to be

    leaner and to have lower serum

    cholesterol levels.”

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    In the typical American diet, animal products are the main

    source of saturated fat and the only source of cholesterol.

    By avoiding meat, eggs, and dairy, we can greatly reduce

    the amount of saturated fat and all the cholesterol that

    contribute to heart disease. In one study, a low-fat, high-

    fiber, near-vegan diet combined with stress reduction

    techniques, smoking cessation, and exercise actually

    reversed atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries.1

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    Breast cancer rates are dramatically lower in countries that

    follow plant-based diets; but, when those same populations

    include more animal products in their diets, cancer rates

    increase. Typically, vegetarians have lower rates of colon

    cancer than non-vegetarians,2 and a recent study found that

    a low-fat, vegetarian diet with routine exercise can help

    stop and even reverse prostate cancer.3

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    Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. A low-fat,

    vegetarian diet with moderate exercise can take off—and

    keep off—the weight. See Eat More, Weigh Less, by Dean

    Ornish, M.D.

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    Up to 80 percent of all factory-farmed animals receive

    antibiotics to promote growth and minimize illnesses

    common in intensive confinement animal agribusiness

    practices.4,5 As a result, antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    strains, such as salmonella, campylobacter, and E.coli, are

    increasingly found in animal products.

    The ability of antibiotics to treat human infections

    has been jeopardized. The World Health Organization, the

    American Medical Association, and other health advocates

    are calling for the reduction or termination of this antibiot-

    ics use.6,7

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    Our bodies have no natural need for cows’ milk. We weren’t designed with some

    odd flaw requiring us to drink the milk of other animals. Yet humans are the only

    animals who drink another species’ mother’s milk. Indeed, just as dogs’ milk is

    intended for puppies, rats’ milk for baby rats, and humans’ milk for human infants,

    cows’ milk is for calves. Our bodies treat cows’ milk as an invader, and including

    milk and other dairy products in our diets is linked to many health problems.

    Milk is touted for building strong bones, yet some research shows otherwise. Harvard School of Public Health’s

    Nutrition chairman Walter Willet, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., writes: “Interestingly, many long-term studies have now exam-

    ined milk consumption in relation to risk of fractures. With remarkable consistency, these studies do not show reduction in

    fractures with high dairy product consumption. The hype about milk is basically an effective marketing campaign by the

    American Dairy industry.”8

    Risk of osteoporosis can be lowered by reducing sodium intake, eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising, and

    getting enough calcium from plant foods and vitamin D from sunlight or fortified sources. (Please see suggested calcium

    sources on page 5.)

    Vegetarians have the best diet. They have the lowest rates of coronary disease of any group in the country...a fraction of our heart attack rate and they have only 40 percent of our cancer rate.

    — William Castelli, M.D., Director, Framingham Heart Study, the longest-running epidemiological study in medical history

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    Some people may worry about how easily a vegetarian diet

    can provide all of the protein we need. The fact is, you don’t

    need a nutrition degree to have a well-balanced diet with

    vegetarian foods.

    Combining of vegetarian foods isn’t necessary to get

    more than enough protein. Eating an adequate number of

    calories per day made up of any normal variety of plant

    foods gives us all the protein our bodies need. Although

    there may be potentially less protein in a vegetarian’s diet

    than a meat-eater’s, this is actually an advantage. Excess

    protein has been linked to kidney stones, increased calcium

    excretion (which could lead to osteoporosis), some cancers

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