Strengths: Generally lower body weight, lower blood pressure, lower incidence of heart disease, lower risk of cancer, lower risk of other diseases dependent on careful diet planning ensuring adequate mineral/vitamin/fiber intake. Also a higher intake of folic acid and lower cholesterol. Weaknesses: A vegetarian may need to plan their diet more carefully in order to include all vitamins and minerals, for example vegetarians can be lacking in vitamin B12 as it is only found in animal-origin foods. If sufficient levels are not maintained then vegetarians can suffer nerve damage and loss of vision. On a social level vegetarian diets can leave fewer food choices especially when eating out.
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