My daughter who is 14 is an ovo-lacto vegetarian and developed cracks in the corners of her mouth.

My daughter who is 14, is an ovo-lacto vegetarian. I support this and between the two of us, we try to make sure she receives the nutrients she needs. She has been eating this way for about 4 months. Recently she has developed cracks in the corners of her mouth. My older daughter had the...

How can you lose weight if you have no time to exercise? Does being a vegetarian help you lose weight?

I am a student. My question is how can you lose weight if you have no time to exercise? I barely eat at all and when I do I try to watch what I eat. Does being a vegetarian really help you lose weight? Does no meat include fish? Please write back! All the students would...

Is vegetarianism safe and healthy for growing kids?

My question is being a vegetarian safe and healthy for growing kids? Can this cause any harm? Thank you for responding! For example, Asian Indian culture has been vegetarian for generations. However, in recent generations, parents will often feed their children eggs and milk. What has been observed in recent generations of Asian Indian children, those...

I have been avoiding animal products for the last two years with not much energy.

I've been avoiding animal products for the last two years? I think I eat a pretty healthy diet. Lately, I haven't had much energy. What are some energy foods? When you say you avoid animal products, I think of no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese or butter. Also, I would think that you are...

It is impossible to design an amino acid deficient pure vegetarian diet.

Plants contain all the essential amino acids and any single starch or vegetable has levels that exceed Rose's Recommended Requirements (the values present in your dietetic books). It is impossible to design an amino acid deficient pure vegetarian diet that is based around any single or combination of unprocessed starches and/or vegetables (assuming calorie needs...

I know that the vegetarian and vegan are is the only really healthy diets.

This is not a question but a comment. I have just read what you have to say on a vegetarian diet and frankly, I'm disappointed by your advice. No, I'm not a dietitian, but even I know that the vegetarian diet and better still vegan diet, is the only really healthy diet. The idea...

What are the nutritional benefits of brown versus white rice?

What are the nutritional benefits of brown versus white rice? Brown rice has the bran coating so it will be at least 10% higher in fiber, magnesium, and selenium. It is significantly higher in manganese.  White rice, as well as grain products that have been processed, are fortified with folacin to reduce neural tube birth...

Recently my daughter discovered that meat comes from animals and refuses to eat it.

I came across your website after hearing about it on the 6:00 o'clock news. We have a 6 1/2-year-old daughter who is causing us some concern. Recently she discovered that meat comes from animals and refuses to eat it. I can accept that, but what foods can I give her in place of meats? She...

I have written several books on the subject of vegetarians.

I've read your statements on protein and vegetarians. Without trying to offend you, you should know the scientific literature doesn't support your position. I have written several books on the subject. If you were not already familiar with them, I would suggest you read The McDougall Plan (New Win)--found in most bookstores and libraries....

Is any particular form of soy more beneficial than others?

Thank you for your wonderful column! I am a vegetarian and use soy products as my main source of protein. I have read about the nutrient value of soy and the benefits of isoflavones. I have never seen anything written about the effect cooking has on the nutrients in soy products. I use soy flour,...