Good News for Vegetarians and Vegans? By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

A newly released study has found that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help lower a person’s blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids are typically found in larger quantities in certain types of fish, nuts such as walnuts, and flax seeds.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/conditions/06/05/heart.pressure.reut/index.html?eref=rss_health

The study examined the diets of 4,680 men and women, ranging from ages of 40 to 59 from four different countries (Japan, China, Britain and the United States). Research on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids has been ongoing for a number of years and the Internet is full of references to such literature.

This particular study interestingly concluded that people who got their omega-3s from vegetarian sources (such as Walnuts, flaxseed, and canola oil) had just as much benefit as those who get them by eating fish. This is probably reassuring news for vegetarians who do not eat fish.

Vegetarianism has become more mainstream in the West since the 1970s. People are vegetarian or become vegetarian due to a variety of reasons including their religion, cultural upbringing, and the desire to not eat meat.

Most vegetarians in India include dairy products as part of their diet. Some include eggs as well.

Veganism is a more strict form of vegetarianism in which no animal products are included in the diet at all.

For a list of famous vegans, see the following link.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_vegans

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