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Balanced Plant-based Diet for Everyone

Balanced Plant-based Diet for Everyone

The new guidelines served up by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics affirm that vegan and vegetarian diets are nutritionally adequate for people of all ages—including children and pregnant women—on the condition they are well-balanced. Plant-based diets have been shown to provide health benefits, the authors say, likely because vegans and vegetarians tend to “consume more fruits and vegetables, fewer sweets and salty snacks, and smaller amounts of total and saturated fats.” They also noted that plant-based eating habits may even “provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of some chronic diseases.” But as with anything, balance is key. The group of nutritionists stipulated that these diets carefully planned to ensure they are low in processed foods and that proper amounts of important nutrients, such as iron, zinc, and B12, are obtained. However, plant-based diets “typically meet or exceed protein intakes, when caloric intakes are adequate,” the authors wrote.

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