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Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010USDA - Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Chapter Five - excerpt
...In prospective studies of adults, compared to non-vegetarian eating patterns, vegetarian-style eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes—lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower total mortality. Several clinical trials have documented that vegetarian eating patterns lower blood pressure.
On average, vegetarians consume a lower proportion of calories from fat (particularly saturated fatty acids); fewer overall calories; and more fiber, potassium, and vitamin C than do non-vegetarians. Vegetarians generally have a lower body mass index. These characteristics and other lifestyle factors associated with a vegetarian diet may contribute to the positive health outcomes that have been identified among vegetarians...
Link: New dietary advice challenging for meat industry
Link: New Nutrition Guidelines: Read Between The Lines On Red Meat ...Why don't they just say steer clear of red meat?
Link: Part A: Executive Summary
Link: USDA: Vegetarian Diets Are Healthy