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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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What are the personality traits of those most and least likely to go vegetarian?

This is clearly hard to answer, as it is very broad, but there are relevant sources on the matter. Intelligence - vegetarians may be more intelligent than average - according to this study that ...
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Are there studies that have determined the main reasons people stop being vegetarian?

Those statistics may be misleading. Some people only practice vegetarianism for particular times such as fasting for religious reasons or financial reasons. Many of my non-vegetarian family members ...
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How would a widespread plant-based diet influence the maximum sustainable human population on earth?

The 2013-study "Redefining agricultural yields: from tonnes to people nourished per hectare" by Cassidy et al. from the University of Minnesota investigates this question. The authors state that ...
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Are there studies that have determined the main reasons people stop being vegetarian?

Faunalytics collected data on current and former vegetarians in May 2014 and released a number of reports with findings on the data. The process of moving away from a vegetarian or vegan diet is ...
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How would a widespread plant-based diet influence the maximum sustainable human population on earth?

I did a report on vegetarianism in college, and back then-- when I had access to a university library-- I found that we would increase our global food supply by at least 40%, enough to sustain another ...
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Does a vegan diet actually cause weight loss?

The Standard American Diet now comes in vegan. More on that below. In my anecdotal experience, losing weight simply by going vegan is less likely than one might think and indulges in magical thinking. ...
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Are vegan children weaker than average?

This 1999 study of students in the Flemish region of Belgium indicated that vegetarian youth had lower performance on strength tests but higher performance on endurance tests. The study had several ...
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Are vegan diets associated with more flatulence?

Yes, a bean-laden vegan diet is likely to cause a larger volume of flatulence. A 2011 study published in BMC Nutrition concluded that incorporating beans (an important staple food for vegans) has the ...
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Is meat to blame for many lifestyle diseases?

Vegetarian diets are linked to a lot of good things such as lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. However, there is no solid proof that those benefits come from the lack ...
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Scientific studies, related to vegans and veganism

Searching "vegan", "vegetarian" and "plant-based" on Google Scholar shows over a million results. You can find many studies related to Whole-Food Plant-Based diets ...
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Calorific value of 1 ha crops vs herbivores raised on 1 ha pasture

There is a response to that paper: Matheny, G. (2003). Least harm: A defense of vegetarianism from Steven Davis's omnivorous proposal. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 16(5), 505-511....
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Is eating soy linked to birth defects?

This is an interesting one ! My reading of the research on this matter is that the main area of concern is not the consumption of soy itself. It is the consumption of genetically modified soy that is ...
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Does eating soy lower testosterone?

There is some very weak evidence that soy lowers testosterone, for example, Dillingham et al (2005) and Goodin et al (2007), however the former has a very small sample size and neither study utilised ...
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Have vegetarian or vegan diets been shown to help people with mental illness?

The most well-studied diet pattern regarding mental health is the Mediterranean diet pattern, which has shown in multiple small studies to reduce the severity of the symptoms of depression and even ...
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How important is it to watch vitamin K2 levels?

provisionnal answer in wait for access to the referred article According to wikipedia on vitamin K2 and K the European Food Safety Authority set an "Adequate Intakes" at 70 micrograms a day for ...
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Is there convincing RCT research showing a plant-based diet can reverse or reduce the risk of serious diseases when compared to a "healthy" omni diet?

Adventists Health Study 2 The study explores the links between lifestyle, diet and disease among Seventh-day Adventists. It started in 2001 and is still ongoing. Why adventists ? Seventh-day ...
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What are the ratios of vegetarians across genders?

According to a YouGov biannual tracker from 2019-2024 that asks respondents to select either vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, pescetarian, or meat eater: approximately 2-4% of women report being vegan ...
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Does personification of animals in fictional media like Peppa Pig and Donald Duck promote cultural reconsideration of those animals as delicacies?

I was watching Schindlers' List a few days back. Looking back at what people are capable of doing to their fellow humans if society allows it. I don't have much hope about anthropomorphized cartoons ...
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Are vegans less susceptible to infectious diseases?

Yes According to this abstract, the answer seems to be Yes (vegans are less susceptible to infectious diseases): Vegetarians have low rates of viral diseases. Vegetarians have less HPV (Human ...
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How much Potassium K from fennel is lost by juicing?

I found many sources claiming that "most" of the vitamins and minerals are preserved through the juicing process. The only quantitative statement I found was an unsourced quote from this question on ...
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Does a vegan diet actually cause weight loss?

Not automatically, no. With any dietary change there will be healthy and not so healthy ways to do it. To become vegan and maintain or lose weight rather than gaining it you have to be careful of ...
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Does a vegan diet actually cause weight loss?

It's depends on if you make other healthy lifestyle choices. Studies just comparing BMI and diet may be affected by confounders: Vegans are often choose to their lifestyle due to concerns about health ...
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Are vegan diets associated with more flatulence?

Beans are a common source of protein among people on a vegan diet. One aspect I can speak to is that when cooking dry beans, they're almost always soaked first. By discarding the soaking water prior ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages of consuming Multigrain food items?

What is a multigrain food item? Here's the multigrain labelling requirements in Canada: Multi-grain products require 2 or more grains to be present in an amount of 2% each or more. For the purpose ...
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Does eating soy lower testosterone?

By analyzing the the soybean chemically, we know that soy is chemically high in phytoestrogens, the organic compound that mimics estrogen. Thus, the common conceptions of it's link to hormonal ...
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Does eating soy lower testosterone?

Soy does not lower testosterone. Here is a video, where the guy explains exactly why this is the case. He looks at the "evidence" suggesting that this is the case, then explains (with evidence) why ...
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Is there information about pets that vegans choose?

The largest survey about choice of companion animals in the United States is the APPA National Pet Owners Survey and this survey doesn't appear to ask whether people identify as vegan. However, it ...
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