ADA's vegetarian "expert" says: Eat meat on holidays to fit in!

NPR.ORG | 12/01/09

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Editor's Note: Yet another example why the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has no credibility. The only question remains is this: Where should "vegetarian exepert" Dawn Jackson Blatner stuff her turkey? Remember that when you are taking nutritional advice from the ADA, you are taking advice from Kraft Foods, McDonald's, Mars Candies, ConAgra, and the National Dairy Council (ADA Sponsors).


Ms. BLATNER: Yeah, you know, I think the Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect example of why being a flexible vegetarian really comes into play. Because, you know, most of the time, having vegetarian meals is delicious, but when it comes to sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner, it might be the perfect time, even if you're mostly vegetarian, to enjoy the turkey with everybody.

You know, I think eating is not only for nutrition but also for social reasons and fitting in and having fun with family and loved ones. So I think when it comes to thinking about the turkey for Thanksgiving, thinking of it as a condiment rather than, like, the main course is probably a great idea.

LUDDEN: A little leg on the side there.

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Gee, I wonder how much of an expert she is on the massive turkey farming industry here in my home state of Minnesota and their "product". Another "armchair quarterback"!

Expert: Ex=has been, (s)pert=A drip under pressure.


You guys can't see the forest for the trees. While the ADA may take funding from special interests you are missing the point that the dietitian is making. REDUCE meat consumption, eat a more plant-based diet. Check out her book The Flexitarian Diet, which is great. Get over the fact already that there are industrial turkey farms and other animal farms and see the message that this very good dietitian is trying to get across. Eat less meat, eat more plants. It is ridiculous to think everyone should and will become a 100% vegetarian. In fact the vast vast majority of people that say they are vegetarian do not actually eat a 100% vegetarian diet. They are usually expert flexitarians that eat plants MOST of the time.

thirstyape, I think you are missing the point of why most of us are vegetarian. It is not for social reasons, nor to please our palates, nor even for health or the environment... (although, surely, even for those reasons it would still be better to be 100% vegan). But if you are vegetarian for ethical or spiritual reasons, which I think most full vegetarians are, there is not any real excuse to go off the diet, as it is relatively easy to maintain. And, someone who considers herself worthy of offering advice to real vegetarians should respect this as a personal standard, not as a frivolous desire not to eat meat.

Also, flexitarians should not call themselves vegetarian and I find it annoying when they do. It only serves to confuse self-professed omnivores.

Oh, and the link is broken but here is the proper link:

I find it odd, though, even if you disagree about flexitarianism, that you are not alarmed that the premier authority on nutrition in our country is literally sponsored by corporations who manufacture (not to mention market) unhealthy foods.

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