- 20110601 - Great Taste - Why Choose a Vegetarian Diet?

Mixed garden veggies and riceIt's almost impossible to pass by any location that features magazines without being bombarded by stories about the latest and greatest dietary triumphs.  From "Seaweed-eating Grandmother loses 175 pounds-Gives Birth to Triplets at 65," to "You can Stay Slim, Smart, and Supple eating 5000 calories/Day," we are obsessed with different types of consumptive behaviors.  With all the attention on food and diet it's even possible to conclude that the information available is easily understood and consumers can make intelligent choices without any problems.  Unfortunately, that doesn't play out in reality since the United States has one of the highest obesity rates in the world among industrialized nations and close to 25% of children and teenagers in this country are either overweight or obese.

Advocates of a vegetarian diet say if you eat your vegetables numerous studies  indicate overweight problems and diseases like Type 2 Diabetes are significantly reduced (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/702782).  Oldways, a non-profit made up of scientists, chefs, food suppliers, and health experts even developed a Vegetarian Diet Pyramid, which, if followed "...can be an excellent source of all the necessary nutrients for optimal health."  And an additional, critical offshoot of a vegetarian diet according to Oldways is the possibility of creating a system of sustainable agriculture where, "The industrial food production system, heavily focused on meat production is not sustainable."

Is the answer to the seemingly insurmountable health and environmental problems linked to diet easily solved by a vegetarian lifestyle? We have Judith Kingsbury, the creative force behind savvyvegetarian.com, in the studio this week.  On the phone we'll speak with Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, noted Ayurvedic physician and wellness counselor who has worked with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins and others.

Oh, one additional important note-Kathy DuBois returns as Great Taste co-host.  You really don't want to miss her wit, wisdom and charm plus she'll be cooking something vegetarian :).