From eNewsletter 7/26/2021
DID YOU KNOW that several recent studies indicate vegetarianism and veganism should only be followed by the rare individuals that can thrive? A study in Nutrients examined the association between high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL, the good cholesterol), and exercise and vegetarian diets based upon polymorphisms of the MTHFR (folate) gene. Vegetarian diet alone was associated with lower HDL, no matter the genetic makeup. Another study in Nutrients found that vegans appear to have increased risk of low iodine status, deficiency and inadequate intake compared with non-vegans. Therefore, improving the iodine intake and status of adults following vegan and vegetarian diets is required. A study from Food and Chemical Toxicology found that vegans and vegetarians who ate conventional foods had higher pesticide levels than omnivores. If vegans and vegetarians consumed only organic food, they had lower pesticide levels. A study in Nutrients suggests vegetarians and vegans, particularly those who suffer from depression, may benefit from supplementing their diets with vitamins B6, B12, and folate to ensure brain health, because they are at higher risk for deficiency. A study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stated that vegan diets were associated with a healthier cardiovascular risk profile, but also with increased risk of nutritional deficiencies and lower bone mineral content and height. Vegetarians showed less pronounced nutritional deficiencies but, unexpectedly, a less favorable cardiometabolic risk profile.
Steve Minsky Shines at USATF Masters National Championships
Last week, Steve traveled to Iowa State University to participate in his first USATF Masters National Championship 400 meter dash in the 50-54 age group. The best masters athletes from around the country (and world) gather each year for this prized track and field event. After running a personal best 59:43 in the prelims to make it to the final, he ran a blistering 57:87 to take 5th overall. The entire Nutritional Concepts community congratulates you on this amazing accomplishment! Stay tuned for details on his athletic and nutritional preparation...
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