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Vegetarian Diets: Benefits and Risks

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To mark the Vegetarian Awareness Month, which is running until the end of October, we’ve put together a collection of selected articles on vegetarian diets and personalized nutrition.


All featured research will be freely available until December 2020 for you to read, share, and cite.


If you want to know more, read our Twitter Chat ‘Vegetarian Diets: Benefits and Risks’ HERE  with insights and reading recommendations from a prestigious line-up of industry experts.

Recommended Reading

Free Access until December 2020

Below is a selection of articles exploring vegetarian diets, co-authored and selected by our speakers. 

Article Title Author(s) Journal
Plant-Based Diets for Healthy Aging Hana Kahleova,Susan Levin & Neal D. Barnard Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Assessment of Total Choline Intakes in the United States Taylor C. Wallace & Victor L. Fulgoni III Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Multivitamin/Mineral Supplement Contribution to Micronutrient Intakes in the United States, 2007–2010 Taylor C. Wallace, Michael McBurne& Victor L. Fulgoni III Journal of the American College of Nutrition
The Thermic Effect of Food: A Review Manuel Calcagno, Hana Kahleova, Jihad Alwarith, Nora N. Burgess et al. Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Toward the Definition of Personalized Nutrition: A Proposal by The American Nutrition Association Bush CL, Blumberg JB, El-Sohemy A, Minich DM, Ordovás JM, Reed DG, Yunez Behm VA Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Personalized Nutrition: Translating the Science of NutriGenomics Into Practice: Proceedings From the 2018 American College of Nutrition Meeting Aruoma OI, Hausman-Cohen S, Pizano J, Schmidt MA, Minich DM et al. Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Assessment of Total Choline Intakes in the United States Houston M, Minich D, Sinatra ST, Kahn JK, Guarneri M Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Mediterranean diet, cardiovascular disease and mortality in diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies and randomized clinical trials Becerra-Tomás N, Blanco Mejía S, Viguiliouk E, Khan T, Kendall CWC, Kahleova H et al. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Meat and mental health: a systematic review of meat abstention and depression, anxiety, and related phenomena Urska Dobersek, Gabrielle Wy,Joshua Adkins et al. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
The Effect of a Vegetarian vs Conventional Hypocaloric Diabetic Diet on Thigh Adipose Tissue Distribution in Subjects with Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Study Kahleova H, Klementova M, Herynek V et al. Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Nutrient and Food Intake of Participants in a Whole-Food Plant-Based Lifestyle Program Boštjan Jakše, Barbara Jakše, Stanislav Pinter et al. Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Nutritional Intake and Energy Availability of Collegiate Distance Runners Brooke L. Beermann, Deborah G. Lee, Hawley C. Almstedt & William P. McCormack Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Comparison of Renal Function and Other Predictors in Lacto–Ovo Vegetarians and Omnivores With Chronic Kidney Disease Chou-Yueh Chang, Horng-Rong Chang, Hsing-Chun Lin & Han-Hsin Chang Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Meet the Experts

Dr. Rachel Kopec (@KopecLab) - Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Dr. Rachel Kopec is the Editor-In -Chief of the American College of Nutrition and assistant professor of human nutrition in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kopec’s research group studies nutrient-nutrient/nutrient bioactive interactions following food processing, absorption and metabolism, with a particular focus on fat soluble vitamins and bioactive compounds.

Dr. Taylor Wallace (@DrTaylorWallace), Editor of the Journal of Dietary Supplements and Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Dr. Taylor Wallace is the Editor of the Journal of Dietary Supplements, Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Principal & Chief Executive Officer at Think Healthy Group, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, George Mason University, Chief Food and Nutrition Scientist at Produce for Better Health Foundation and Senior Fellow at Center for Magnesium Education & Research. Visit his website at : www.drtaylorwallace.com

Dr. Deanna Minich (@drdeannaminich) - Health Educator and Author

Dr. Deanna Minich is a health educator and author with more than twenty years of experience in nutrition, mind-body health, and functional medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. Her passion is bringing forth a colorful whole-self approach to nourishment called Whole Detox and bridging the gaps between science, soul, and art in medicine. Visit her at: www.deannaminich.com

Dr. Hana Kahleova (@PCRM )- Director of clinical research for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Dr. Hana Kahleova is director of clinical research for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She has conducted several clinical trials, using a plant-based diet in the treatment of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic disease. As a member of the American Diabetes Association and as a board member of the Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, Dr. Kahleova is directly involved in the process of updating the nutritional recommendations for patients with diabetes.

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