Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 27: Vegetarianism (continued)

KEY POINTS Consumption of a variety of plant foods eaten in different meals during the day can adequately meet all essential protein needs in healthy adults. Any specific meal does not require all diverse plant proteins.1 The American Dietetic Association2 has concluded that based on limited evidence,3 macronutrient intake of pregnant vegetarian females is similar to that of nonvegetarians and there appears to be no significant health differences in babies born to nonvegan vegetarian mothers versus nonvegetarians. Well-planned…