Vegan diets and planning

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

A vegan diet includes everything grown on the earth that isn’t made from an animal, animal product or animal by-product. Vegan diets can of course be healthy for most people… when well planned. I hate to say it, but if you’re not educated and aren’t mindful of your food intake - you won’t likely thrive on a vegan diet. That’s not to say it’s hard, but here’s a few things to consider. Vegan diets are typically short in protein (for poorly planned diets), iron, zinc and calcium (Cleveland Clinic, 2020). They are absent in vitamin B12, a nutrient absolutely essential for DNA synthesis, as well as brain and nervous function so this is an absolute must to supplement (Osiecki, 2007). Women may find they need to supplement with iron every now and again, but please base this on blood tests before beginning a supplement.

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