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4 types of vegetarian diets

Choosing a vegetarian diet is a lifestyle choice that can offer numerous health, environmental and financial benefits, but in-depth research is required before adopting this diet. According to a 2018 Gallup (opens in new tab) poll, 5% of U.S. adults consider themselves to be vegetarian with non-white American respondents three times more likely than white Americans to adopt this diet. A higher proportion of younger Americans (18 to 34) identified as vegetarian than older respondents (55+). 

There are approximately seven types of vegetarian diets: flexitarian, pescatarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, lacto vegetarian, ovo vegetarian, pollo vegetarian and vegan. Insofar as ranking these

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Multitude of diets offer endless choices

Researchers in Thailand recently studied a low-calorie diet that purports to lower glucose levels in adults with obesity and diabetes.

Participants, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation, limited caloric intake for either two days or four days per week.

Reportedly, up to 30% of participants achieved “diabetes remission without the need for diabetes medication,” after 20 weeks in the trial.

Participants in this study followed a “very-low-calorie diet” consisting of only 600 kcal per day for 10 days as a “run-in period” before being randomized to continue the same

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Sugar and Fat Rich Diets Increase Risk of Gut Inflammation

New research from the Washington University School of Medicine found that a western diet, one rich in sugars and fats, impairs the immune system in the gut. Scientists found that the diet could increase the risk of infection and inflammatory bowel disease.

Scientists found that diets high in sugar and fat damaged the Paneth cells, the immune cells in the gut that help keep inflammation low. Without Paneth cells functioning property, the gut can be prone to increased inflammation, which puts people at risk of inflammatory bowel disorder.

“Inflammatory bowel disease has historically been a problem primarily in Western countries

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