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Asheville Adventist Forum: Dietary misconception AMONG vegetarians.

(3:00 p.m. Eastern Time)


Vegetarians gain their knowledge regarding vegetarian nutrition from a variety of sources. Unfortunately, not all information regarding vegetarian nutrition is consistent with the best available evidence. Sometimes, information is selectively quoted or reflects personal bias. Which vegetarian diet should we be on? A lacto-ovo-vegetarian or a vegan diet? A raw food diet? A low-fat diet? Should vegetarians eat fish? Do dairy products and milk cause cancer? Is it ok to use some oil in vegetarian cooking or do all oil types cause atherosclerosis? If oil is to be used, which one is best? Is coconut oil healthy? Can olive oil be used in frying and baking? What dietary supplements, if any, should we use? Where do vegetarians get their vitamin B12 from? Is vitamin B12 supplement as methylcobalamin better than cyanocobalamin? Do we get EPA and DHA fatty acids from flax seeds? The above constitute just a few examples of many different views on vegetarian nutrition. It is fair to say that the confusion regarding diet among vegetarians is as great as it is among non-vegetarians. In this lecture, our speaker will review the most popular misconceptions among vegetarians. He will compare the selected misconceptions to the best available evidence from published studies.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is a Zoom meeting. If you would like to attend, email before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 4/29, to receive Zoom login info.


Roman Pawlak, PhD, RDN, is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at East Carolina University where he has worked for 19 years. He obtained a PhD in Nutrition from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Andrews University. He is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. He has published over 40 manuscripts in American and International professional journals. He has also published nine books. He was a member of the expert panel on vegetarian nutrition for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He has lectured on nutrition on five continents, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has been a vegetarian for over 37 years.

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