July 10, 2009
Vegetarians have slightly weaker bones than meat eaters, according to a joint Australian-Vietnamese study published in the July 2 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The research determined that vegetarians had 5-percent less dense bones than meat-eaters, while vegans - who avoid eating all animal products - had 6-percent weaker bones. Whether the lower bone density can be linked to an increased risk of fracture has yet to be discovered.
The study, conducted by researchers at Sydney's Garvan Institute for Medical Research and the Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City, investigated the connection between diet and bones of more than 2,700 people.
Reprinted from meatingplace.com