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Does vegetarianism impact life expectancy?

Yes, according to a paper by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition. (NIH link here) Results: Our review of the 6 studies found the following trends: 1) a very low meat intake was associated ...
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Does eating or drinking too much soy cause men to develop breasts?

There are studies. Short answer is: No, soy doesn't give guys boobs. Paper "Hormonal Effects of Soy in Premenopausal Women and Men" clearly states there is a weak effect upon (cis)women and no ...
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Is meat protein really "better" than protein from a vegan or vegetarian source?

One difference between animal protein and plant protein is that plant protein breaks down much more quickly than animal protein (which is why that feeling of being horribly full for a long time after ...
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Does a vegan diet actually cause weight loss?

With a vegan diet you're not sure to lose weight but you're very likely to. According to a research paper, based on about 65 thousands of people, vegans were showing lower BMI than vegetarians and ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

Okinawa Japanese is one of the populations with the longest life span. Their average life span is 77 for men and 86 for women. They eat to 80% fullness and rely very heavily on whole unrefined plants. ...
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Is the 2014 study saying vegetarian diet is worse than an omnivorous one, still valid?

The study is still "valid" in the sense that PLOS One has not retracted the publication. This means the work was done in good faith and the methodology is acceptable, but it does not necessarily mean ...
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Is it safe to feed children a vegetarian diet?

A very good article regarding vegetarian eating for children and adolescents, from a medical source can be found here. It is quite long and covers the main problems related to possible nutritional ...
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Is it safe to follow a Fruitarian diet? If not, what are the potential health issues?

No, it is not safe. And there are no significant benefits to make up for the impact on your health. First up, fruit is very high in the sugar fructose. The idea that this is "healthy" fructose ...
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After how long will one see symptoms of lack of B12?

This depends on the B12 status the person had initially, and probably on other unknown individual factors. While there are no proven natural wholefood sources of B12 that are vegan, it's possible that ...
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Are mango seeds edible?

Yes! You're completely safe to blend in the pit in terms of healthiness. However, I make no guarantee your blender won't go kaboom. More information regarding the seeds. Do note that other ...
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Is it safe to raise babies and young children on a vegan diet?

This question is similar to this one, except that the referenced one is about vegetarianism and this one about veganism. The answer provided there, also applies to this one, as the referenced source ...
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Are raw potatoes good for a snack?

Raw potatoes are hard to digest, littered with various kinds of bacteria and are toxic. Most of the toxins can be eliminated by peeling. That still leaves rather hard to digest starches. All in all, ...
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What health reasons might prevent people from becoming vegan?

There are many medical conditions that call for dietary restrictions. For example: irritable bowel syndrome allergies migraines gluten sensitivity When a person has a combination of medical ...
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Can vegan foods produce heterocyclic amines when cooked?

Heterocylic amines specifically are only created by cooking muscle meat at high temperature. The formation requires creatine, which is not found in vegetables and so cooked veggies can't form ...
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Which contraceptives are vegan?

Methods that appear to be reliably vegan: Rhythm method (tracking menstrual cycle to avoid intercourse around ovulation) Withdrawal (avoiding ejaculation in/on the vagina) Sterilization (tubal ...
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Which foods benefit from soaking before cooking?

While I appreciate the orientation towards an analytical, scientific and health perspective here, I have not ignored culinary considerations where they seemed important. This post is a work in ...
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Is it safe to follow a Fruitarian diet? If not, what are the potential health issues?

Fruits are missing niacin, thiamine, and b12. There are also caloric challenges with sticking to a pure fruit diet. Grains and nuts provide necessary protein that the human body requires as well. An ...
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Can vegan diets have a positive effect on people with diabetes?

Yes, definitely. There are several investigations assessing this issue. In several clinical trials (1, 2) Dr. Barnard has prooved that a low-fat vegan diet can improve serum values of HbA1c and ...
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What are the best sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians?

1. General vegetarians (Non-vegans) For non-vegans, dairy products seems to be the best source, as mentioned in other answers as well. List of top 4 (I'm excluding eggs): 1: Cheese The amount of ...
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Are there any well known vegan athletes?

This is really just a matter of 'let me google it for you'. The first hit yields a nice list. Interestingly, there are endurance athletes as well as strength athletes. My favorites: Catra ...
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Is it our natural way of living to be a vegetarian?

The truth about the natural diet is that our ancestors were eating whatever they could get their hands on. They could digest meat as well as vegetables. Some humans have been fed mainly bread their ...
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Is meat protein really "better" than protein from a vegan or vegetarian source?

One aspect of "protein quality" refers to how close a type of protein is to being "complete", i.e. containing all the nine essential amino acids in sufficient amounts. Most meat, fish, whey (milk ...
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What are some vegan substitutes for gelatine in terms of health benefits?

The health benefits of gelatine In a review of available evidence for gelatines effects on joint health, the European Food Safety Authority writes that: In weighing the evidence, the Panel took ...
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How to avoid worm infestation from consuming raw vegetables?

The number one rule when dealing with any food that might have come into contact with animals or animal feces is to wash it. I could not find any other numbers than those from a study conducted in ...
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How should one adapt a vegetarian diet after breaking a bone?

This answer would be most likely the same for a non-veg*n question, since there is nothing specific that you should look out for as a result of your diet. The bones are made mostly out of rigid form ...
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Do vegans have higher testosterone levels?

This Allen & Key (2000) paper reviews multiple previous studies looking at testosterone levels of vegans compared to meat-eaters. Only one study had a large enough sample size to actually show a &...
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What vegan alternative to hydrating/repair creams are there?

Both of those ingredients may be from plant sources (for example, cacao and shea butters both contain stearic acid). Producers of cosmetics are getting better at labelling for vegans. I advise you to ...
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Is it advisable to avoid seitan?

Your concerns about GMOs and food processing apply more broadly than this specific food, and I would recommend looking into each issue in general rather than in regards to seitan specifically. Seitan ...
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