is being a vegetarian more healthy?

@MKpack22 (307)
United States
February 24, 2007 1:39pm CST
is it really more healthy to not eat meat, cutting out the cheif source of protein in the diet?
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• United States
28 Feb 07
heck no.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Feb 07
You don't need to eat foods from animals to have enough protein in your diet. Plant proteins alone can provide enough of the essential and non-essential amino acids, as long as sources of dietary protein are varied and caloric intake is high enough to meet energy needs. Whole grains, legumes, vegetables, seeds and nuts all contain both essential and non-essential amino acids. You don't need to consciously combine these foods within a given meal. Soy protein has been shown to be equal to proteins of animal origin. It can be your sole protein source if you choose.
24 Feb 07
Being vegetarian can be healthy or unhealthy, just as being omnivarian or pescatarian can be healthy or unhealthy. So long as you have a decent balance of whatever your diet requires (that is balance between protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals etc.)