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September 2000 Issue

Some Vigilance Is Required for a Healthful Vegetarian Diet

Q. Iím a vegetarian. What nutrients might fall short in my diet? A. That depends on how restrictive a vegetarian diet you follow and the quality of what you eat. Thereís good reason to go vegetarian. Studies link vegetarianism with lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease and some cancers. Vegetarians also tend to be leaner. But all this is not automatic; you still need to be vigilant in making good food choices. Vegetarian diets have the

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