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Chase 1 Kendall Chase English 1103-036 Ingram 19 September 2012 Annotated Bibliography

ACSH, “Is Vegetarianism Healthier than Non-Vegetarianism?”, American Council on Science and Health,,
July 1997. Web Article.

The author of this excerpt from a booklet notes that people believe falsely that vegetarianism means a healthier diet. He or she goes on to say that it is typically a diet filled with less saturated fat and unhealthy items. However, it can become just as unhealthy as a non-vegetarian diet if not done correctly. The author goes on the point out that vegetarians are more likely to be healthier due to their health-conscious minds. People who become vegetarians are more likely to have a steady exercise and dieting routine than non-vegetarians. The thing that this author pushes mostly is the fact that it is not only the diet of vegetarians that make them seem healthier, but also their other lifestyle and health choices. This particular article is extremely helpful to me, and I plan to use quite a bit of information from it. It is also from the American Council on Science and Health, so it is probably very credible and factual.

Farley, Dixie, “More People Trying Vegetarian Diets,” FDA Consumer, October 1995, revised January 1996, FDA Pub. No. 96-2296,, Web Article. Farley starts off by stating that eating vegetables and fruits more often is highly regarded in America, though not everyone follows these standards. She states that vegetarians are often more healthier due to the fact that they actually consume a good amount of these vegetables and helpful foods filled with fiber and other necessary nutrients. Along with the previous article, this author also points out that vegetarian are more concerned about their health than others. A few main points of this article is that vegetarians can protect themselves from different diseases and cancers by eating the right foods that their diet states. She finishes her article by going into the side effects of engaging in a vegetarian diet incorrectly.

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Jacobson, Michael F. How a More Plant-Based Diet Could Save Your Health and the Environment. Washington DC: Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2006. Print. According to Jacobson, there are six different arguments in favor of vegetarianism. A vegetarian, due to his or her diet, is statistically and scientifically expected to live a longer and healthier life than an omnivore due to a stricter diet. This strict diet seems to aid the vegetarian in fending off chronic diseases and foodborne illnesses from different meats and animal products better than meat-eaters. All of the nutrients and minerals that vegetarians consume also helps them become healthier and stronger. The author also makes a point toward animal cruelty; vegetarians stand against the use of factory farms due to the pollution that they place in the air and the way that animals are treated and slaughtered. Farmers breed these animals to a ridiculous extent to feed the nation, giving our resources, such as water, to the large amount of cattle being bred for the omnivores. All of these arguments are extremely persuasive in telling that a vegetarian lifestyle is the healthier and morally right choice. I think that this particular resource is a decent one to use for a research paper. The author has a PhD and uses verifiable information given by statistics and scientists. It is incredibly useful in answering the inquiry question on whether vegetarian diets are healthier or not, because the entire book is on that specifically.

Jarvis, William T., Ph.D., “Why I am Not a Vegetarian,” American Council on Science and Health,, April 1997. Web Article. Dr. Jarvis writes about the advantages and disadvantages of vegetarianism in this article. He mentions that it is true that for some people a vegetarian diet may be healthier for some due to different health conditions and food restrictions. The author also continues to describe the different nutrients that can be gained from this diet. However, the majority of this article is his own opinion of why he would not be a vegetarian. He goes on to tell about his personal experiences with vegetarianism and the horrid food he encountered. Dr. Jarvis pulls the bible and religion into several of his paragraphs of his article to speak against vegetarianism. He also places facts about children’s health issues with a vegetarian diet and missing vitamins and nutrients in that specific diet as well. All in all, he is not very supportive of this choice due to these reasons. This article seems to be incredibly helpful, giving both a positive and negative outlook on the diet. Besides, it was written by a doctor. The only thing that worries me is the date, because it is so long ago.

Chase 3 Kimball, Chad T. Vegetarian Sourcebook “Chapter 9: Are Vegetarian Diets Healthier?” Detroit: Omnigraphics, 2002. Print. Although a good amount of scientific literature supports that the lifestyle of a vegetarian is healthier, a person does not need to convert to this lifestyle to fend off diseases and eat healthily. Several other influences can cause a vegetarian to be healthier than omnivores; most vegetarians are more conscious of their health to begin with- making sure to eat fresh foods and avoid drugs and alcohol. The high intake of fiber and other minerals and nutrients from the choices of green and fresh food also make the vegetarian lifestyle a healthy one. It is just as easy to be healthy as an omnivore as well. Whether an omnivore or a vegetarian, a person can eat a healthy balance of foods, creating a healthy lifestyle. This is also a nice educational book that gives credible information on the diets of vegetarians. It is also part of the Health Reference Series, which has a large collection of dietary and nutrition books.

Shannon, Joyce Brennfleck. Diet and Nutrition Sourcebook “Chapter 32: Vegetarianism”. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 2006. Print. Vegetarian Diets can be extremely helpful with choosing one's food more wisely. These diets mostly consist of fresh foods which are much better for the human body. It is important to get all of the right nutrients and minerals that a vegetarian diet can lack, though. Still eating protein is essential in keeping a balanced vegetarian diet. Several vegetarian diets exist, but it is important to be sure to follow the dietary recommendations for each one to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. This book also happens to be out of the Health Reference Series which is seen as a helpful book series on the outlook of different diets, making it a credible source as well.