This book on vegetarian nutrition is an attempt to summarize the large body of literature accumulated on the topic. Although most of the information presented in this book centers on the dietary practices of vegetarians, it has sweeping implications for the general population. In the past few years, scientiﬁc literature has extensively reported on the health effects of plant foods such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Although they are essential components, these dietary factors are not unique to vegetarian diets. Thus, the information reviewed on plant foods and health has direct applications for all persons. The primary focus of this volume is on the human health implications of consuming vegetarian diets.
Besides personal health, however, one may follow a vegetarian diet for a plethora of reasons that may include religion, ethics, or the sustainability of our food supply. The chapters in the concluding section of this text address these issues. From a global, inclusive perspective, personal and public health are most inﬂuenced by the manner in which we treat our fellow inhabitants and the resources of our planet.
Author: Joan Sabate. M.D., Dr.P.H., Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA