Vegetarian Journal 2005 Issue 1

Notes from the Scientific Department


Vegetarian Resource Group Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, was interviewed by Starting Healthy, a publication sent to children’s hospitals, for an article about vegetarian children; by Health Magazine for a story about vegetarian diets for teens; and by Baby’s for a story about vegetarian pregnancy, infants, and children. VRG Nutrition Advisor Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, MS, RD, was interviewed for a story about vegetarian diets for Low-Carb Living magazine.


VRG’s Food Service Advisor Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD, CCE, is teaching a vegetarian restaurant management course at Los Angeles Trade Technical College for the first time. Also, she has been asked to speak about understanding vegetarian lifestyles from the patients’ perspectives at the California American Dietetic Association annual meeting in March 2005.


Last summer, Congress passed the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill (S. 2507), which is available on the Internet at

Among key changes of interest to VRG members:


(The following is a reprint of the testimony submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture.)

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a nonprofit educational organization that works with individuals, consumer groups, food companies, professional associations, government agencies, academic institutions, and other relevant constituencies to disseminate accurate information and sound advice to the public concerning vegetarian diets.

We appreciate the opportunity to share our ideas for modifications to the Food Guide Pyramid. We have an interest in this tool being relevant to the broadest range of individuals, including the increasing number of population groups with eating patterns that do not conform to traditional U.S. patterns.

We have several concerns about limitations of the pyramid as it currently exists, namely:

We have the following suggestions for improving the Food Guide Pyramid:

Thank you for your consideration of these comments.


Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, MS, RD
Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

Nutrition Advisors, The Vegetarian Resource Group

Excerpts from the 2005 Issue 1:
Hot, Hearty Soups for Cold Winter Days
Make a meal with a chowder, chili, or stew from Peggy Rynk.
2004 VRG Essay Contest Winners
Two young winners relate their experiences with vegetarianism.
Fast Food Update
Heather Gorn investigates vegetarian and vegan options at four quick service restaurant chains.
Nutrition Hotline
Does adding fish and fish oils to your diet contribute to heart health?
Note from the Coordinators
Veggie Bits
Notes from the VRG Scientific Department
Interviews that our dietitians granted, outreach, Congressional bill concerning soymilk in schools, and VRG testifies about the USDA food pyramid.
Vegan Cooking Tips
Fast Greens, by Chef Nancy Berkoff
Scientific Update
Book Reviews
Vegetarian Action
“Just Cook,” He Said
Skai Davis: An Enterprising Vegan Restauranteur, by Ben A. Shaberman

The Vegetarian Journal published here is not the complete issue, but these are excerpts from the published magazine. Anyone who wishes to see everything should subscribe to the magazine.

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