The vegetarian propaganda, heretofore based in many instances on moral, religious or sentimental grounds, has of late turned to the science of nutrition for a justification of its claims. There has been a frank attempt on the part of the advocates to abandon sectarian and fanatical views and to seek recognition in the outcome of experimental researches for the vegetarian regimen both as a rational dietary and as a curative agency. The extremes of definition are being abandoned. In the words of a recent advocate, for all intents and purposes a vegetarian is one who does not habitually make use of flesh foods, in contradistinction to the habitual user.1 Vegetarianism now frankly aims to emerge from a sentimental idea into a scientific truth. "It is in the name of science," Buttner1 writes, "that we advocate it. It is also science that will rescue it from the exaggerations of well
THE METABOLISM OF VEGETARIANS. JAMA. 1915;LXIV(17):1425–1426. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570430057016
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