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How is taurine for cats synthesized?

I've read that taurine can be synthesized and given to cats, so that they may follow a vegan diet. I was wondering if anyone could please describe in detail how this is done in practice, describing ...
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Which is healthier: beef burgers or vegan burgers?

I'm trying to figure out if it's healthier to eat beef burgers or these "vegan burger" alternatives. I know that factory farming is bad for the climate and, of course, the animals. So I ...
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Is there a vegan cineol (eucalypus oil) capsule supplement?

Cineol is used to treat respiratory illnesses, and one typical way to take it is in a gelatine capsule. The reason for doing so is that the oil passes mouth and stomach in the capsule, it would not be ...
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Why don't medical doctors recommend a (mostly) vegetarian diet?

I have recently been asked by a friend this question. This was a loaded question, because I know he does not like the idea of being a vegetarian. He also mentioned that all MDs suggest a "...
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Why do some studies show a correlation between vegetarian diets and depression?

Why is it that many studies have shown a correlation between meatless diets and depression? A study published in Journal of Affective Disorders this month (September 2022) found that participants who ...
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Should real honey be reserved for medical purposes for the wellbeing of the world's bees? [closed]

Honey has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, and recent studies have shown that it can be effective in treating a variety of ailments. Honey is a natural antibacterial agent, and it has ...
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Research has shown that vegetarians tend to live longer than meateaters - what about vegans?

Research has indicated that vegetarians live on average 9.5 years longer than meateaters (if male) and 6.1 years longer (if female), giving an overall average of about 8 years longer. That is similar ...
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Strategy for Veganism and Intermittent (18:6) Fasting?

I have followed a vegan diet for 12 years and I am more than happy with this choice, both the effects on my own well-being and the implications of this choice for the well-being of both animals and ...
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Do vegans have higher testosterone levels?

Do vegans have higher testosterone levels than non-vegans? cf. "Does eating soy lower testosterone?" There are studies that show fasting increases T levels, too.
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Is there convincing RCT research showing a plant-based diet can reverse or reduce the risk of serious diseases when compared to a "healthy" omni diet?

If you want you can skip the explanation and skip straight to the bottom, where I say exactly what I am looking for. I was talking to my step-dad today and mentioned the recent Oxford study that ...
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Is there any rule of thumb for boiling vegetables so that essential nutrients are not destroyed?

Too much boiling (or frying) may destroy the necessary nutrients of vegetables. Is there any rule of thumb or guideline on how much time vegetables should be heated for?
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Is it bad for your health to consume less than the recommended 0.8 g of protein per kg of body weight per day?

The official recommendations for daily protein intake for a person with moderate activity is about 0,8-0,9 g per kg of body weight, which comes to around 55-60 g per day for 70kg of corporal mass. I ...
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How is vegan butter made solid?

In the past, people switched to margarine thinking it was healthier than butter but then studies on trans fatty acids found in margarine suggested otherwise. Given that history, I was wondering if ...
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What is a healthy seasoning powder for vegetarians?

Normally, I use mushroom powder, but now it is out of stock in my place (New Zealand). The alternative to me is MSG or other artificial seasoning powder but I know they are not good for my health. Is ...
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Why vegetarian food is considered to be the best food? [closed]

A vegetarian diet is high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and low in saturated fats. This keeps your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check. Over-time, regular consumption of such a diet can ...
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Does veganism keep you young?

Some say because I'm vegan since I was 14 I remained a child. I have never been short by any means, I am the tallest guy in my entire Romanian family (my grandma had 11 children and the other grandma ...
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Body got skinny and gaunt; caused by not eating meat any more?

Last year I stopped eating meat (for environmental reasons): went from meat every day to one meat meal every one or two weeks (basically only when going out). And since Coronavirus started, this has ...
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How long does it take for cholesterol to lower down after switching to veganism?

Once a person switches to veganism, how fast do the cholesterol levels lower?
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Veganism vs prolonged fasting for cancer treatment

This article suggests that short term fasting helps fighting cancer by making cancer cells more vulnerable while at the same time making normal healthy cells even more resistant to stress, this can ...
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Is the change from meat eater to pescatarian comparable to the change from pescatarian to vegan?

I'm wondering if health-wise and ecology-wise the change from omnivore to pescatarian is comparable to change from pescatarian to vegan?
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Inflammatory and anti-inflammatory food table request

Is there a book, ebook or internet resource with a nutritional table (drawn from recent scientific studies) showing or describing inflammatory and anti-inflammatory characteristics of vegan and ...
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Is meat to blame for many lifestyle diseases?

I have been reading "how not to die" by gene stone and Michael Gregor. During the book, people were classified as either meat eaters (eat meat more than 4 times a week), or plant based eaters. meat ...
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Can a vegetarian diet help prevent recurrence of heart attack?

If somebody has already experienced a heart attack and recovered, can adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet help to prevent a second heart attack? If yes, is one more effective than another, or is there ...
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Where do vegan animals get their b12 if not from vegetation?

If vitamin b12 is in meat and dairy, then where do the animals get their b12 from? According to nutritionists, eating dead animals and animal derivatives (eg milk) provides some amount of vitamin b12. ...
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Are there any hazards involved in eating old vegetables?

If someone chooses to store raw animal meat in a refrigerator for consumption, it generally cannot be stored for very long before it becomes dangerous to eat. I'm not sure of the entire reason why, ...
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Is fungi generally healthy or not? [closed]

What are the health benefits and downsides of edible mushrooms and fungi based foods? ie quorn.
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B12 deficiency in vegans [duplicate]

As far as we know, vegans need to supplement with B12 to prevent deficiency due to a higher risk of such. How long does it take for B12 deficiency to develop, if a vegan person does not take any B12? ...
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Do fermented foods from India like idli and dosa contain vitamin B12?

Do fermented foods from India like idli and dosa contain vitamin B12? Can eating these foods prevent vitamin B12 deficiency in vegetarian people?
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Is giving formula to infants acceptable for vegans [duplicate]

I have a young child and like many parents we’re supplementing her diet with formula. Now I know that opinions on breastfeeding can get heated so I want to make this clear: this question is purely ...
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Have vegetarian or vegan diets been shown to help people with mental illness?

I recently had a discussion with a friend who struggles with mental health, and that friend was planning to try a more plant-based diet (or even a totally plant-based diet) in an attempt to improve ...
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Is it our natural way of living to be a vegetarian?

I read everything about becoming vegan and every idea behind it. I care a lot about my mind function and I have a serious question: I was wondering which way is more natural ? If we want to answer ...
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How to counter the theory that you need to eat a bit of everything to have a balanced life?

I have been vegetarian for several years and now I rarely eat meat (never red meat). I have often heard people (including medical doctors) that in order to have a healthy life you should eat a bit of ...
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Can going vegan have additional benefits for people with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

My ex wife read some things online a while back which suggested that she could possibly mitigate some of her symptoms from her Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (a connective tissue disorder) by going vegetarian,...
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Should I have blood tests if I already donate blood?

3.5 years ago I became a vegetarian, but in the mean time I have never had a blood test to check the iron value, the B12 amount, the vitamin-D amount and so on. Some people are worried that my ...
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Animal milk, is it healthy?

I have a vegan friend who is claiming that animal milk is not healthy since, to digest it or decompose it, your body needs a lot of resources (minerals, etc) and therefore it becomes a non healthy ...
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What are the disadvantages of consuming more protein than necessary?

I think most veg*ns in countries where meat consumption is high, such as the UK where I live, are accustomed to being asked "Where do you get your protein?" but it's widely accepted that ...
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Is it healthy for vegetarians to follow a ketogenic diet?

Since a vegetarian ketogenic diet is limited to dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, vegetables, some low carb fruits, and nutrition supplements, it is quite difficult to follow. Has anyone survived a vegetarian ...
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Is the 2014 study saying vegetarian diet is worse than an omnivorous one, still valid?

In 2014 researchers from the Medical University of Graz published a study The Association between Eating Behavior and Various Health Parameters which concluded in the abstract: ... a vegetarian ...
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Is fat necessary?

From searching around the only types of fat I found to be needed for good health are omega 3 and 6 and everyone suggests limiting omega 6 intake as much as possible because it reduces omega 3. Does ...
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Diabetes and vegan diet to control blood sugar

I want to learn more about ways that blood sugar levels and diabetes can be adequately controlled without needing to include more protein from animal sources. What are some foods to eat that are high ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

Dr. Weston A. Price claims in his Nutrition and Physical Degeneration that a plant-based diet never sustained any traditional culture. As yet I have not found a single group of primitive racial ...
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Does Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen checklist guarantee nutritional sufficiency?

As we know, it's possible to eat a very unhealthy diet that is still technically vegan. For example, eating nothing but spoonfuls of peanut butter would be technically vegan but you would develop ...
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Why do some people have a bad reaction to dairy products? [closed]

I have a few friends who avoid most dairy products (liquid milk especially) because they have a bad reaction after eating those foods, even in small quantities. Some of them avoid all dairy products, ...
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Which foods benefit from soaking before cooking?

I’ve heard that it’s important for health to soak beans when cooking them from dry. Some people also soak rice or chickpeas. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of somebody soaking lentils. Why do we soak ...
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Do some varieties of rice contain less arsenic?

There are many news reports about inorganic arsenic being present in rice more than in other foods. This seems particularly relevant to vegetarians because rice and beans are common staple foods in ...
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Are there any vegetables that can reduce body fat? [closed]

What vegetables can reduce body fat? I'm not focussed on workouts or meal plans. Some people say curry leaves, garlic etc. are there any more foods known to have this property?
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Is eating soy linked to birth defects?

Some people say that consuming soy beans or soy bean products while pregnant can lead to birth defects such as hypospadia. Is this true? What does the most recent research say?
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Does eating soy lower testosterone?

Some people claim that consuming soy lowers testosterone in men. This seems to be repeated by a lot of bloggers and YouTubers. Is there any truth to this? Is this supported by human or animal studies?
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What are the good food sources to boost immune system for vegans?

What food products can help boost up the immune system for a vegan?
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Is there any vegan food that is dangerous in excess? Which ones?

I have heard about some ingredients which contain small quantities of toxic substances and that in excess could cause health damage, (for example I heard that sunflower seeds contains selenium and in ...
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