This FOOD GUIDE FOR ADULT VEGETARIANS is designed to support nutrition professionals who see vegetarian clients as well as clients who wish to adopt a vegetarian diet. A vegetarian diet, if well-planned (as any diet should be), can perfectly support human growth and development and can be adopted by people at any stage in life and with any lifestyle, including by athletes, pregnant women, children and elderly people.
A number of renowned international organizations, including the American Heart Association (AHA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Kids Health (Nemours Foundation), the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (University of Georgia),and the American Dietetic Association (ADA) have all taken a favorable stance regarding vegetarianism. The ADA even says that it is the duty of nutrition professionals to encourage those who express their intention to become vegetarians to actually do so.
Vegetarian diets deliver beneficial effects in the prevention and treatment of several non-communicable chronic and degenerative diseases. No study has shown increased incidence of diseases in vegetarian groups. Vegetarian populations are at a lower risk for heart conditions, cancer, diabetes, obesity, gall bladder disorders and high blood pressure. Studies show that vegetarian populations have 31% fewer heart conditions, 50% less diabetes, and lower incidence of several cancers, including 88% less colon cancer and 54% less prostate cancer .
The FOOD GUIDE FOR ADULT VEGETARIANS expands on materials previously developed by Dr. Eric Slywitch and that were used as a basic reference for the official opinion on vegetarianism published by Brazil’s Regional Nutritionist Board in January 2012.
According to IBOPE (a market survey organization in Brazil), of people aged 18 or older in Brazil, 10% of men and 9% of women say they are vegetarians. We believe that this Guide, and its 180+ scientific references, can provide healthcare professionals with important information to support this expanding community.