The Vegetarian Resource Group Blog

The Vegetarian Resource Group Blog

The latest edition of Vegetarian Journal includes our Scientific Update column written by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD. The first review states, “A recent article in a British journal devoted to medical ethics discussed an issue that is rarely addressed—namely, the use of animal-derived components in medical practice. Products from medications to surgical dressings, to anesthesia, and to implants may contain animal products and/or have been tested on animals. With the growing number of vegans in the

UK as well as the increased population of those whose religious background proscribes use of animal-derived products, health care professionals are more likely to be asked about the source of ingredients in medications, medical dressings, and devices. The authors ask, “…what information should or should not be disclosed to patients about the products being used to treat them?”

The next scientific update looks at a recent study that “compared weight change in those eating more “healthy plant foods” compared to those eating “less healthy plant foods” or more animal products. Healthy plant foods included whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and vegetable oils. Less healthy plant foods included fruit juices, desserts, sugar-sweetened beverages, refined grains, and potatoes. Eating habits and weight gain over 20 years of more than 125,000 men and women were assessed. Most gained weight but those eating more “healthy plant foods” gained substantially less weight than those eating more “less healthy plant foods” or more animal products.

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