The American Dietetic Association just published its updated position paper on vegetarian diets. Since it’s peer reviewed and written by experts, this has always been my go-to document when dealing with the Nina Plancks of the world. No matter what nonsense they spew, you can calmly point to the ADA’s position paper and, in a good-natured way, tell them to STFU.
Here’s the money quote from the latest paper:
It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes.
I just got off the phone with the ADA, and have been told the new paper will be available online later today. I’ll post a link when it’s up. (Via Maynard.) Link.