Before I get going, STOP. Don’t mistake me for saying that either a vegetarian diet or its vegan counterpart (or any variation for that matter) is inherently flawed, poorly planned, or otherwise bad for you. I’m not making that claim at all! I believe that when you place the standard diet next to the vegetarian diet and compare them when they’re both being done correctly, the vegetarian diet will come out healthier. But there’s that little qualifier “done correctly.” That is the key to everything in life, none more than a vegetarian diet.