7th Day Adventist Diet


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The 7th Day Adventist Diet isn’t a 7 day diet despite what many people believe. In fact, it’s a lifestyle diet that follows a vegetarian eating plan. Most 7th Day Adventists are lacto-ovo vegetarians, which means that while they eat no meat, they do eat eggs and dairy. Some 7th Day Adventists do follow a vegan lifestyle, or at least are vegans when it comes to what they eat, but the majority follow the more lenient lacto-ovo lifestyle. Some even eat meat (though, obviously, these Adventists would not be vegetarian).

Because of a few studies that were done that showed that 7th Day Adventists lived an average of 7 (women) to 8 (men) years longer than non-adventists, interest in their dietary lifestyle has spiked. In truth, there is little to distinguish it from any other vegetarian or vegan diet plan. The GCNC (the nutrition council for the 7th Day Adventists) has even adopted the US Department of Agriculture’s vegetarian food pyramid as their recommended model.

It is most recommended that those who choose to follow the 7th Day Adventist diet should eat 9 or more servings of fruits and vegetables, and 6 or more servings of a combination of whole grains, cereals, and legumes with the number of servings depending on how active a lifestyle the dieter has. It is also recommended to avoid foods that are high in saturated fats, cholesterol, sugar, and salt. While eating eggs and dairy is encouraged, it is recommended that dieters consume no more than 3 egg yolks per week, and that dairy be low in fat (low fat milk, cheese, yogurt, and so on).

Since these diets can not supply all of the necessary nutrients for healthy living, 7th Day Adventists are encouraged to be aware of how much protein they have consumed, since it’s very easy to not consume enough protein on a vegetarian diet, and also to supplement with zinc and iron. Those who follow the vegan diet are encouraged in the same things, but to also supplement with calcium and Vitamin B12. For those who choose to eat meat, a diet similar to that of observant Jews is encouraged, with recommendations (and restrictions) being taken from Leviticus where clean and unclean animals are listed (no pork).

Basically, the 7th Day Adventist diet is vegetarianism with religious roots. Simple to learn and simple to follow. For more information, you can view books on the subject by clicking here.

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