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Vegetarian And Vegan Diets Aren't Necessarily More Healthy

Just because it's vegetarian doesn't make it healthy (duh) Pexels Eliminating meat from a terrible diet doesn’t really make it any healthier, according to a study released today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In fact, the study found that participants whose mostly-plant-based diets (think vegetarian or vegan) included a lot of processed foods, such as sugary beverages and French fries, were more likely to develop heart disease or die during the study period than people who avoided processed food—even if that meant eating a little meat. Previous studies have found that pe
Nautilus
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Nutrition

Should You Feed Your Kid Probiotics?: It’s not as simple as you think.

Read our interview with article coauthor, Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Institute. Probiotics have been around for centuries. They form part of our ancestral and contemporary diets and have long been associated with positive health benefits. The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” They are found in many foods, including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented products. They are also found in breast milk. On the other hand, most commercially available probiotics
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Food & Wine

Is A No-Meat World Really Better?

Let's face it: Vegetarians are a strict minority of the U.S. population. The numbers seem to be increasing, though data from various surveys vary widely. For example, a Public Policy Polling survey of 500 respondents indicates a jump in non-meat-eaters from one percent in 1971 to a whopping 13 percent in 2013 — 6 percent vegans, 7 percent vegetarians. (Somewhat tragicomically, the question about vegetarianism is part of a poll titled: "Americans pick Ronald McDonald over Burger King for President.") Other sources show results which, if you are rooting for vegetarianism, are much worse. A 2006