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For questions that relate to health benefits of certain foods/diets and how veg*n food can affect your health in general.

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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 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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Does vegetarianism impact life expectancy?

Does vegetarianism affect life expectancy? Is an average vegetarian supposed to live longer just because of their diet?
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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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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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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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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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What health reasons might prevent people from becoming vegan?

Often, people say something like "I'd love to be vegan, but I have low iron levels and a vegan diet would be unhealthy for me." I'm not a physician and I can't just say "I assure you, your iron ...
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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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Can vegan diets have a positive effect on people with diabetes?

I'm wondering whether a diet rich in plant foods, such as a vegan diet, can have a positive impact on people with diabetes and/or people with pre-diabetes, the condition in which blood glucose levels ...
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Does a vegan diet help to reduce allergy symptoms?

Several studies have shown the positive impact that vegan diet can have on gut microbiota1. At the same time several studies have shown the connections between a gut in a poor status and the ...
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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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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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Do vegetable saturated fats increase cholesterol?

Many studies have investigated the relation between the intake of saturated fats and the increase of cholesterol. Saturated fats are usually found in animal products, such as meat and dairy. We can ...
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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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Are vegan diets associated with more flatulence?

Are diets that restrict or completely avoid animal products associated with a higher volume of flatulence? Here I am asking specifically about gas that is mostly produced in the colon and expelled in ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there risks from eating too much nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a very high source of protein with about 50% of energy coming from protein content in the food. In addition to protein, nutritional yeast also provides a variety of vitamins and ...
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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 even vegan ...
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Animal milk, is it healthy?

I have a vegan friend that 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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How to be healthy while restricting energy intake on a vegan diet?

Are there any special concerns for people who are restricting energy intake in order to lose weight while following a strict vegan diet? The American Dietetic Association says that... Well-planned ...
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Is it safe to feed children a vegetarian diet?

Can children grow normally on a vegetarian diet? Is it safe? Or are there any known risks?
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Does a vegan diet actually cause weight loss?

I've heard many places (just google the title of this question) that a vegan diet causes weight loss, usually in the context of trying to lose weight. Does a healthy vegan diet actually cause weight ...
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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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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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After how long will one see symptoms of lack of B12?

Suppose a person goes vegan and neither eats food items with B12 nor supplements, i.e., doesn't take vitamin B12 at all. After how much time will the symptoms be visible and after how much time will ...
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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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Are mango seeds edible?

Is it safe to blend in a mango pit for the fruit juice? Is it healthy or not? Some seeds can be mildly toxic, therefore I'm asking about the edibility of mango seeds.
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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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Is there a list of which UK E-Numbers aren't vegetarian or vegan?

I often see lots of E-Numbers in ingredient lists and I know some probably aren't vegetarian, and some definitely aren't vegan.. Especially as all ofthem seem to be made out of crushed up bugs! They ...
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Which contraceptives are vegan?

There exists a wide range of methods for contraception. Some are obvious vegan (e.g. NFP), while others clearly aren't (e.g. birth control pill containing lactose). Which contraceptives are vegan? (...
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How to avoid worm infestation from consuming raw vegetables?

I have heard that uncooked vegetables, if eaten, can cause some parasitic worm infections. I have also heard that cooked vegetables can lose some valuable nutrients. How can we manage this problem? ...
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How to remove pesticides and harmful bacteria from fruits and vegetables?

I'd like to blend some fruits with their peels, however I'm concerns about pesticides and harmful bacteria. I understand I should buy organic, but in case it's not or just to be safe, what methods I ...
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Is it healthy to be a vegetarian? [closed]

Considering the human evolution and the diet of our ancestors, are humans biologically able to become a vegeterian and remain healthy?
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How should one adapt a vegetarian diet after breaking a bone?

I was wondering how one should adapt one's diet to optimize bone reconstruction efficiency. Popular knowledge tends to highlight the need for calcium, but I'd like to know if there are any scientific ...
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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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Are there any vegetables that can reduce body fat?

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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Does eating or drinking too much soy cause men to develop breasts?

Years ago, I read a news article about a doctor and his male patient based in Texas which discussed the negative side effects of drinking too much soy milk. The patient developed 'man breasts' and was ...
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Could a vegetarian diet indirectly cause vitamin C deficiency?

Obvious answer is no but... I quickly see a difference when I don't get much fruit (or fruit-juice) for a few weeks, my gums start bleeding more easily and get a bit painful - known consequences of a ...
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What are the best sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians?

What are the best sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians? Can milk and yogurt make up an adequate daily intake?
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Any suggestions to help someone experiencing joint pain after giving up dairy products? [closed]

My wife is a long time Vegetarian, and recently decided to move to a Vegan diet. She's been very successful so far, and feels great in general. However, over the past few weeks she has been ...
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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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What are advantages and disadvantages of consuming Multigrain food items?

Grains have been a part of vegetarian diet for a long time. Huge populations around the world consume grains (most commonly wheat and corn). Most health experts agree that grains should be a part of ...
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What are the health benefits of vegetarianism?

Are there any known health benefits of being a vegetarian? Does it prevent or lower the risk of any diseases? Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat.
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How to be healthy while ageing, on a vegan diet?

What health recommendations can be given to older people that want to follow a vegan diet? Is there any particular concern? Related questions: Is it safe to raise babies and young children on a ...
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What are the health benefits of raw veganism?

Some vegans decide to choose a raw-food diet. What are the health benefits of this lifestyle compared to a vegan diet that includes cooked foods?
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Is it safe to follow a Fruitarian diet? If not, what are the potential health issues?

Fruitarianism is a diet that consists entirely or primarily of fruits in the botanical sense, and possibly nuts and seeds, without animal products. Fruitarianism is a subset of dietary veganism. ...