In Seconds
Where do you want to take classes?
When would you like to start?
What's your zip code?
GO ›
What degree are you interested in?
GO ›
You're almost there...
Processing your information
Google Site Search
Nutritionist Schools By State

A Nutritionists View on Vegetarian and Vegan Diets: What is it and Why?

Vegetarianism is a diet theory that abstains from eating meat products such as; pork, poultry, beef, and any other slaughter by-products. Vegetarians also generally avoid fish, shellfish, and other sea animals. There are several different variations of the diet. Some exclude eggs, and/or some products produced by animal labor such as dairy products and honey. The Vegan practice of vegetarianism is a more restrictive version of vegetarianism. Veganism excludes not only animal flesh from the diet, but animal products as well, such as dairy products, anything made with animal fat, eggs, and honey. Many who practice veganism do so for ethical reasons. Consequently they often refrain from using animals’ fur, skin, or body parts for any purpose (e.g. leather, fur, etc…). Some of the most common reasons people have chosen a vegetarian lifestyle are; morality, religion, culture, environment, society, economy, politics, taste, or health.

Are you interested in learning more about the Nutritionist field?

Find Nutrition Related Degrees Programs Here.

The West and Animal Protein:

Most of us in the West eat too much protein. The average person eats 60 to 100 grams of protein per day. Follow some of the currently popular high protein diets and you will get about double or triple that amount your body needs. Metabolic studies have shown that a human requires only .25 gram (healthy adult women) to 2.0 grams (infants) of protein per pound of body weight per day, depending upon the stage of life, muscle mass, and activity level. To figure out your personal minimum daily needs in grams, simply multiply your recommended body weight in pounds by .25. The resulting is your minimum daily protein requirement. An adult woman of 125 pounds, for instance, would multiply 125 X .25, which equals 31 grams of protein per day. That’s the amount present in two servings of meat (about the size of two decks of cards). One complete protein source (e.g. soy, fish, dairy products, nuts) in a day is enough. When combined with other foods there should be no problem meeting daily protein needs.

Protein, Fiber, and your Kidneys:

Most Americans eat twice as much protein as necessary. As we now know, this has sent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer rates soaring. The reasons excessive protein may be harmful to humans are still being debated, but some points are clear. When large amounts of animal protein are consumed and inadequate amounts of whole grains, vegetables, and fresh fruits it is detrimental to your health. The reason being, there is not enough fiber to bind the toxins and fats together, to be eliminated from the body. This cycle can eventually prove extremely taxing for the body. When there are inadequate amounts of fiber and excessive protein in the diet, our kidneys must work twice as hard to remove waste.

Protein, Fiber, and Diabetics:

A high-protein diet can be especially detrimental to diabetics because they are already at a higher risk for kidney disease to begin with. In a study involving 1,500 patients with diabetes, most had lost more than half of their kidney function because of high intake of animal protein, according to Fuhrman in his book “Eat to Live”.

Protein and Weight Loss:

The American Cancer Society conducted a study over a ten-year period with nearly 80,000 people trying to lose weight. Participants who ate meat three or more times per week gained noticeably more weight than participants who avoided meat and chose vegetables. Studies published in The Journal of Clinical Nutrition and The New England Journal of Medicine stated that meat eaters are much more likely to be overweight then vegetarians.

Protein and Digestion:

If one does a simple comparison of the digestion system of human beings and carnivorous animals, it is plain to see the marked differences. For instance, our teeth and saliva are much different then the teeth and saliva predators rely on for survival. From the moment we consume food the digestion process kicks in. The alkaline saliva the human body produces is not effective in breaking down animal flesh; carnivores have a different type of saliva ced acid saliva perfectly designed for that very task. Furthermore the hydrochloric acid essential for digesting animal flesh is only secreted in very small amounts in a human stomach. Carnivorous animals are shown to have ten times the hydrochloric acid of humans. Our enzymes, digestive tracts, and organs are different from those found in carnivores. Our kidneys, colon, and liver are ill-equipped to process animal proteins. Compared to carnivores, our intestines are very long, so food that is not adequately processed becomes backed up in our intestines. Animals quickly pass food through their digestive systems because their digestive tracks were created much shorter. When our intestines are unable to process foods it rots, decomposes and ferments in our intestinal tracts and colons. Genetically and structurally we are designed to thrive on plant-based foods.

In Summary:

The benefits of eating less protein may be more than long term. On a day-to-day basis, many people have reported increased energy, clarity of mind, and over an sense of well-being. Perhaps giving the kidneys a break from digesting difficult animal protein may translate into energy better used elsewhere. If one thinks logically regarding humans and meat consumption we can draw similar conclusions. Compare yourself to a wild carnivorous animal such as a bear or lion. Predators do not rely on anything other than their natural hunting abilities, strength, speed, claws, teeth and jaws. Animals do not use tools or weapons like a human must. When we see a cow in a field does our mouths salivate like a wolf’s mouth? Compare our speed, and agility to that of a tiger. Compare the strength of your jaw to a wolf’s. Imagine yourself trying run after the animals we eat, catching them with our bare hands, killing them and eating then eating them without the use of an oven or fire. Furthermore, animals such as bears spend most of their time sleeping in order to possess the energy needed to digest their prey. We do not need to ward off meat completely or permanently if that task seems too overwhelming. Perhaps just being conscious of how much animal protein we are eating, and where it is coming from would be enough. It has been proven that eating less meat is much better not only for our health, but better for the environment, and better for the world we live in.

Find Nutrition Schools Now.

Nutritionist Degree Schools

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            Art of Cooking (D)
            • Program areas include Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, and more
            • Students are taught cooking styles from around the globe, including Classical European, Asian, and Latin cuisine
            • Curriculum designed to prepare students for a career as a chef, with course topics that include Culinary Techniques, Management by Menu, and Nutrition
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Cooking & Catering
            • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
            • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
            • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Culinary Arts - AS
            Platt College Oklahoma , Oklahoma City
            • Each campus features a public restaurant where culinary students work under the direction of professional chefs for real-world experience.
            • Hosts Platt College’s Food Fight, a friendly dessert competition for students held once a month.
            • Offers programs in culinary arts, nursing, and healthcare.
            • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (AFC) and Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • 5 campuses in Lawton, North and Central Oklahoma City, Moore, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
            Applied Nutrition
            • Gives students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree in the culinary arts field in less than 15 months
            • Located in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
            • Offers externship experiences to students for experience in the field.
            • Hosts regular career fairs for employer recruitment.
            • Has student housing available.
            Associate of Science in Culinary Arts

            Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

            Pastry Arts - Diploma
            • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • A private post-secondary institution of higher education serving south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland since 1967.
            • Offers associate degrees in specialized business and specialized technology, as well as programs leading to professional certifications and diplomas.
            • Gives each student their own career services specialist who helps keep them focused on their goals.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Diploma in Culinary Arts
            • Culinary Arts program includes the 3-week Farm To Table® Experience, where students gain a direct, in-depth look at where food comes from.
            • Numerous scholarship opportunities and financial aid are available to students who qualify.
            • Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 2 campuses located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            Culinary Arts Professional
            • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
            • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
            • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
            • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Culinary Arts
            • Has been training students in the culinary arts since 1946.
            • Teaches hands-on culinary training in French, Asian, Mediterranean, Latin and American cooking, along with professional baking and pastry techniques.
            • Helps students gain professional skills in culinary management.
            • Offers an Italian Culinary Arts program where students get to externship in Italy.
            • Its instructors are respected chefs who put their dedication and life experiences into their instruction.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            Culinary Arts
            Get the experience you need to succeed in the exciting and fast growing culinary field at Keiser University - Center for Culinary Arts. We offer the flexibility of day or evening classes, experienced faculty, and small class sizes for plenty of personalized attention. Internship opportunities and financial aid are available for students who qualify.
            Associate of Science in Culinary Arts

            Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students.

            Culinary Arts
            Dorsey Schools , Roseville

            Dorsey has been a trusted career training school in Michigan for over 80 years!

            We offer training programs designed to prepare our students for careers in fields such as healthcare, beauty, culinary, and skilled trades



            • Financial Aid
            Culinary Arts - Diploma
            • Recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year from 2010-2014
            • Day and evening classes are available for flexible scheduling.
            • Offers bachelor’s, associate, and diploma programs in business, culinary arts, criminal justice, cosmetology, and more.
            • Takes a unique “Focused Learning” approach, where students typically take only one class per month to concentrate on one subject with one faculty member at a time.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            • A private, accredited distance learning college based in Norcross, Georgia founded in 1987.
            • Ensures that service members, their spouses and veterans can maximize their military education benefits.
            • Gives students the option to customize monthly payments to fit their budgets and lifestyle.
            • Offers all-inclusive tuition: textbooks, learning materials, and academic support are covered in the cost.
            • Allows alumni to enroll in any future program at a reduced rate.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            DIP - Culinary Arts
            Virginia College , Fort Pierce

            The goal of Virginia College lies in its responsibility to its students, the technical and business communities, and the general citizenry. We have a long history of offering new direction to students.

            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits