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What are the positions of major health organisations on vegan diets?

Is there a consensus among national and international health organisations about the health effects of a vegan diet? If so, what are their positions? Are there any disagreements?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Is there a good rule of thumb for eating correctly?

I've been vegan/vegetarian for about 4 years now and my way of making sure I'd eat enough of everything is to mix as much as possible vegetables, fruits, grains... There's a French recommendation to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? ...