Nevin Sevmiş1, Funda İfakat Tengiz2

1Izmir Katip Çelebi University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
2Department of Medical Education, Izmir Katip Çelebi University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey

Keywords: Chronic diseases, health, nutrition, vegetarian, vegetarian nutrition, vegetarianism


This review aims to examine the positive, and if so, the negative effects of vegetarian nutrition in humans. In addition, it also aims to determine the positive and negative effects of vegetarianism on chronic diseases, discuss how vegetarianism works, who should be considered vegetarian, and dietary diversity of vegetarian nutrition. Vegetarianism is briefly defined as the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat (poultry, fish, cow, sheep, and other animals) for various reasons. Vegetarians consume other animal products, however, they prefer also them with a minimalizing way of thinking. Vegetarians may have various reasons for this practice, for instance, considering that the life of animals should not be a means of human life, or that human life can be sustained without consuming meat, etc. In brief, this study aims to clarify vegetarian nutrition, which is not exactly known to be, or which is known wrong by society.

Cite this article as: Sevmiş N, İfakat Tengiz F. Vegetarian nutrition and healthy life. D J Med Sci 2020;6(2):83-86.

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The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

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