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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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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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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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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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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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What are some vegan substitutes for gelatine in terms of health benefits?

Gelatine is traditionally considered good for joints and skin, good for production of collagen etc. Is there a vegan substitute that offers similar health benefits as gelatine? I am ideally looking ...
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Does suddenly stopping eating meat cause any difficulties to the body?

Does a suddenly stopping eating meat after eating it habitually for a long time cause any problems in the human body, particularly to the digestive system?
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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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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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From a pure personal health perspective how bad are some non strictly vegan/vegetarian products?

So I'm curious about a plant based diet for health purposes, and though the by-product of that step may be great for animal welfare, environment etc. How committed should I be about products like ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 good vegan sources of saturated fats?

Saturated fats have been shown to be less harmful than we have been led to believe. In fact, some believe red meat is to blame for skewing research results against saturated fats: Conclusion: The ...
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Are raw potatoes good for a snack?

We can read that potatoes contain toxic compounds (such as glycoalkaloids). Despite that, would it be still a good idea to eat them raw (e.g. russet baby potatoes)? If so, what are the safe daily ...
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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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Tips on staying healthy as a vegan who travels a lot? [closed]

Traveling with any kind of specific dietary habits can be tough, but vegan/pescetarian travel can be extremely difficult. In the last 5 years, I've been travelling a lot for my job. It can take me ...
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Do veg*ans have better health because of their diet or lifestyle? [duplicate]

Several statistics show veg*ans have better health 1,2,3; however one could argue that this is due to several factors other than their diet, e.g. they smoke less, drink less alcohol, do more physical ...
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Are there any studies that show differences in health benefits between a low meat eater flexitarian and other vegetarians types?

Reading this article, we are qualitatively informed about the health benefits and environmental impact of various types of vegetarianism. The summary: Vegan - clearly healthier on average than meat-...
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Is bloating after a six month vegan diet transition period still normal?

I have been vegan for about half a year now, but the bloating and gas are still a problem. I've read that the body will get used to it after a certain time, but I think it should be better by now, ...
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Is Mrs Dash vegan?

Is Mrs Dash vegan? I’m asking mostly out of curiosity, since we’ve got a vegetarian living at our house and we’ve got Mrs Dash here as well.
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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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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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Muscle development in adolescents

I've heard that when children are in their teens, in particular from fourteen onwards, it is important for them to develop their muscular system. An important part of this aspect of this development ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is vegan poo (and digestive system) different?

The amount of dietary fiber can influence stool characteristics and transit time 1,2. Since vegan diets are usually higher in fiber content, we can think imagine this has some effect. How is the ...
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Which fake meats are healthy? [closed]

I've heard that not all foods veg*n foods styled to resemble meat are healthy; some are quite processed, high in sodium, etc. What are the main health concerns when eating fake meat? How can I ...
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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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