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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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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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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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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. ...
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Is meat protein really “better” than protein from a vegan or vegetarian source?

In my area (Romania) vegetarianism is rather new and has a small number of proponents. While being a vegetarian, from time to time, I hear from some persons (including medical doctors) that one should ...
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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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Can the material for food allergies tests be obtained without causing harm to animals?

Some of the non-vegan foods are among the most causes of allergies: shellfish, eggs, and dairy. How are these tests prepared? Is it possible for the allergens to be extracted without harming the ...
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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 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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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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Is it advisable to avoid seitan?

Many vegans and vegetarians use seitan (wheat gluten, see this answer) as a substitute for meat, since it has a similar texture and is high in proteins. However I've recently heard some skepticism ...
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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 it safe to raise babies and young children on a vegan diet?

Are there any health concerns when it comes to raising babies and young children on a vegan diet? Are there any nutrients that their diet could be deficient in? Does breast feeding vs. formula make a ...
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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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Are natality rates lower among vegans?

From my experience vegans tend to have few or no children. This could be due to the fact that many vegans that I know are young, or the fact that - as said in this answer - vegans tend to have a ...
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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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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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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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Does a vegan diet expose us to a higher risk of fractures?

Because vegan diets exclude dairy products, many people might be afraid that this can lead to calcium deficiency and subsequently higher risk of fractures. Does this happen? What does scientific ...
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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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Are there any well known vegan athletes? [closed]

I was wondering if some athletes could manage to get the same performance or even experience a performance when not eating anything coming from an animal. Are there effective athletes relying only on ...
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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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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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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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Vegan pest control in kitchens

There are various pest risks in kitchens, for instance ants, flies and cockroaches. Many countermeasures include killing the animals. What vegan methods of pest control are there?
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Is it safe to make mylk/milk from rice?

I live in the UK. At some point, I was taught that cooked rice that has been left for a while can cause illness. More recently I've become aware that many people make healthy fermented dishes from ...
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What nutrients should vegetarians supplement while weight training?

I have just started serious weight training (3 days a week powerlifting) and I have been eating vegetarian for the most part for years. I am concerned that the extra demands on my body from ...
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Are all contact lenses vegan?

It has been asked before whether things (such as sugar, water, tea or condoms) that do not obviously involve the use of animal derivatives might or not be vegan. Here my question is about contact ...
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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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Can vegan foods produce heterocyclic amines when cooked?

Heterocyclic amines are carcinogenic compounds that can be found in cooked meat. They seem to be produced by the high temperatures (e.g. roasting). Can heterocyclic amines also be found in cooked ...
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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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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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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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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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Can vegans get sufficient iodine from plants and iodized salt?

The trace element iodine is an essential nutrient for humans. According to some nutrition professionals, good sources of iodine are iodized salt, seafood and dairy products, while plants might be a ...
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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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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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How much coffee/tea can cause you to absorb less plant-based iron?

I recently discovered that iron we get from plants is not absorbed the same way as from meat, it is actually not the exact same iron: nonheme iron (plants) and heme iron (animals). Things can enhance ...
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Are there any studies of methylation status in case of proper B12 complementation in vegans/vegetarians?

I'm trying to look for scientific studies that study the impact of careful vegetarianism/veganism on DNA methylation at the locus level (meQTL study). The closest I could find was this one, that ...
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What amount of vitamin B12 is required per day?

I read some questions in this site regarding B12. Some said 50 mcg was required per day, while some said 1000 mcg. While Vegan Society says 3 mcg per day atleast. What is the amount of B12 required ...
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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 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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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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What vegan alternative to hydrating/repair creams are there?

Due to the cold temperatures, my hands are drying and chapping a bit. I'm using a cream to repair my hands. But, since I'm beginning with veganism, I looked at its composition and I saw it contains ...
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Is it bad to consume large quantities of spirulina and chlorella?

I have read that more than 2 grams a day of any of these products could be bad for you. I used to take it a lot because of the protein they have specially when I go to the gym. Does anybody have more ...
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Which medical tests should I do if I'm vegan?

Which tests (blood, urine, bone mass density, or others..) should a vegan take to check his/her health status? Related question: How often should a vegan have a blood test?
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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 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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How much money would we save from going vegan? [closed]

Are there any scientific publications trying to estimate, in case of a massive conversion to vegan diet either in the world or in a given country, one or more of the following: the number of people ...