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Vegan nutrition


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is made up of over 100,000 nutrition professionals in the U.S. and abroad, has shown in numerous reports and position papers that an appropriately planned vegan diet is nutritionally adequate for all stages of life.1 This organization is probably the most well respected dietetic organization in the world, and their guidelines and... Read more


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other organizations of nutrition professionals have stated that an appropriately planned vegan diet is appropriate for people at all stages of life, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, and later in life, as well as for athletes. In the following sections we will look at the special nutritional needs of each of these groups, and we... Read more


The term lipids or “fats” is a large category that includes various fatty acids. Most vegetable oils are high in omega-6, and vegans and non-vegans alike tend to get plenty in their diets.1 In the following we will concentrate on omega-3 fatty acids, which are especially important for good health, and in which vegans and non-vegans alike can become deficient. Some studies... Read more


Iron Iron is needed to transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells. It’s also needed for proper immune system functioning and for brain processes. The required amount is 8 mg of iron for men and post-menopausal women, and 18 mg for pre-menopausal women. Some foods rich in iron are the following: Legumes, such as beans, lentils and peas (soaking them before cooking... Read more


Proteins are large molecules formed by the union of several amino acids (name used to denote a certain type of smaller molecules).1 They play an essential role in our body as they are involved in all the biological processes that occur in our body. The main reason for this to happen is due to proteins, which are the main structural elements of cells and they act as biochemical... Read more


Most vitamins cannot be synthesized by the body in sufficient amounts, which means they must be ingested. Some vitamins, like A, D, E and K, are fat-soluble and are stored by the body so it is not necessary to consume them every day. Others, such as vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins, are water-soluble and must be replenished on a daily basis.   Vitamin A Among its... Read more

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