A vegetarian diet is healthier than an omnivorous one

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  • Vegetarians as a group are healthier than omnivores
  • The 2010 version of Dietary Guidelines for Americans[1], a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services every five years, states that, "On average, vegetarians consume a lower proportion of calories from fat (particularly saturated fatty acids); fewer overall calories; and more fiber, potassium, and vitamin C than do non-vegetarians. Vegetarians generally have a lower body mass index. These characteristics and other lifestyle factors associated with a vegetarian diet may contribute to the positive health outcomes that have been identified among vegetarians."

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  • It's not clear to what extent The lower rate of mortality for vegetarians is due to eating less meat and to what extent other factors are responsible.
  • The 2010 version of Dietary Guidelines for Americans[1] also said that "However, vegans and some other vegetarians may have lower intakes of vitamin B-12, calcium, vitamin D, zinc, and long-chain n-3 fatty acids."

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