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American Dietetic Association (ADA) Biography

NC to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"

“[A]ppropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes…

An evidence-based review showed that vegetarian diets can be nutritionally adequate in pregnancy and result in positive maternal and infant health outcomes. The results of an evidencebased review showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Vegetarians also appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes than nonvegetarians. Furthermore, vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates. Features of a vegetarian diet that may reduce risk of chronic disease include lower intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol and higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, soy products, fiber, and phytochemicals.”

“Position of the American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian Diets” Journal of the American Dietetic Association, May 27, 2009

[Editors Note: On May 10, 2011, contacted the ADA to clarify their official position on vegetarianism. As backing for their not clearly pro or con position on vegetarian diets, ADA has also published a July 2007 position paper titled “Total Diet Approach to Communicating Food and Nutrition Information,” which states: “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that the total diet or overall pattern of food eaten is the most important focus of a healthful eating style. All foods can fit within this pattern, if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with regular physical activity.”]


“The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.”

“About ADA,” (accessed May 9, 2011)


“Empowering members to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders.”

“About ADA,” (accessed May 9, 2011)

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