What’s your position?

| Post published on June 2, 2009
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The world’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals, the American Dietetic Association (ADA), has long-stated that appropriately-planned vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate for people of all ages (including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence) and for athletes. In an updated paper they now state how vegetarians also tend to have lower levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, body mass index and overall cancer rates.

Craig et al., 2009. Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 109 (7) 1266-1282.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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