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Reply from the American Dietetic Association

Dietary Questions Apparently Dismissed in a Reply from ADA

Date:   4/24/2009 4:57:06 PM   ( 12 y ) ... viewed 2192 times

Here's what I sent:

-----Original Message-----
From: Chef Jem
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:36 AM
To: Position Papers
Subject: "food guide for North American vegetarians"


I am very interested in receiving more understanding in the following ADA position regarding a couple dietary concerns for vegetarians.

In 'A new food guide for North American vegetarians.'

The 'specific guidelines for meeting needs for vitamins B-12 and D' include a table that 'shows modifications in food group servings for different age groups' including 'for children'. The age range for 'child' is stated as '4 - 8 years'. Is it reasonable to conclude that children under the age of four generally should not be restricted to a
vegetarian diet?

Also under 'Special considerations for vegetarians' it says that 'Unsupplemented vegan diets do not provide vitamin B-12'. Isn't this an indication that vegan diets do not completely meet the nutritional needs of a human being?

Again in this same section 'Dairy products and eggs supply vitamin B-12; however, depending on food choices, some lacto-ovo-vegetarians may have inadequate intakes as well.' Does ADA have any information indicating that animal nutrition is a factor in the nutritional adequacy of animal

Thank you for your support. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Chef Jem"

Here's what they sent me:

"Your e-mail was forwarded to us.

Thank you for contacting the American Dietetic Association.
We regret that we are unable to provide recommendations related to your individual health concerns. Your best source of personalized nutrition guidance is a registered dietitian who can provide reliable, objective nutrition information. To locate an RD in your area on the Web go to
and select "Find a Nutrition Professional". Participating RDs provide services on a fee-for-service basis.

The link below to ADA's Good Nutrition Reading List

contains a wide range of nutrition resources available at your local library or book store plus health-related newsletters and Web sites. We hope you find this information helpful.

Additional online resources:

Vegetarian Nutrition Resource List -April 2008

MEDLINEPlus-Vegetarian Diet

MyPyramid-Vegetarian Diets

Vegetarian Nutrition Resource List
Food and Nutrition Information Center
National Agricultural Library/USDA

Vegetarian Resource Group

ADA Knowledge Center"

Looks like I will have to try another approach for getting answers to my questions, all of which were apparently dismissed even though they were devoid of "individual health concerns".

Why am I not surprised to get this reply?


Chef Jem

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