Last updated on: 5/9/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

American Heart Association Biography

Position:
NC to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
Reasoning:

“Most vegetarian diets are low in or devoid of animal products. They’re also usually lower than nonvegetarian diets in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.

Vegetarian diets can be healthful and nutritionally sound if they’re carefully planned to include essential nutrients. However, a vegetarian diet can be unhealthy if it contains too many calories and/or saturated fat and not enough important nutrients.”

“Vegetarian Diets,” americanheart.org (accessed Apr. 21, 2011)

Description:

“The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency… The association’s impact goal is, by 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.”

“Mission of the American Heart Association,” heart.org (accessed May 9, 2011)

Mission:

“To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
That single purpose drives all we do.
The need for our work is beyond question.”

“Our Mission,” heart.org (accessed May 9, 2011)

Other:
National nonprofit organization
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should People Become Vegetarian?