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Vegan Diets Support Healthy Pregnancy

Yesterday’s headlines about diet and birth defects caused some completely unsubstantiated claims about vegan diets. The news stories were based on research published in the journal Pediatrics, showing that there is a greater risk of birth defects in babies born to women with low blood levels of vitamin B12. Some journalists saw this as an […]

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Finding the Best Vegan Vitamin B12 Supplement

As you might imagine, I get into a lot of discussions about vitamin B12 on facebook and twitter, and also via email. Vegans have many good questions about this nutrient. And sometimes some not-so-good opinions about it. This past year I found myself chatting with the editor of a vegan publication who insisted that my […]

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Vegan Diets, Sperm Concentrations and Fertility: Why There is No Need to Worry

The internet loves a good story on alleged health hazards of vegan diets. This week, it’s all about how vegan and vegetarian men have low sperm concentrations. The alarming research is from Loma Linda University, and it was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine(1). Should you be concerned about […]

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Vegan for Her

Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet By Virginia Messina, MPH, RD with JL Fields Da Capo, 2013 Vegan for Her, a blueprint for optimal health and wellness at any age, will show you how to: lower your risk for breast cancer and heart disease; manage conditions […]

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The New York Times, Nina Planck, and Safety of Vegan Diets

Last week brought more shoddy coverage of vegan diets from The New York Times. This time, it was a debate about the safety of veganism. And it didn’t occur to the Times to solicit opinions from anyone with actual expertise in vegan nutrition. At the center of the discussion was food writer and farmer’s market […]

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Vegan Nutrition: Sometimes the Devil Really is in the Details

Dietitian Elisa Rodriguez published a great interview with Jack Norris on One Green Planet last week. In talking about our book Vegan for Life, Jack noted that there are benefits to a “holistic” view of nutrition, but that his biggest contribution has most likely been in helping vegans understand that “micronutrients matter.” That’s because “being […]

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An Essential Resource for Pregnant Vegans

If you aren’t a regular reader of my examiner column, you may have missed my review of a new book for pregnant vegans. The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book is written by my friend and colleague Reed Mangels, PhD, RD. Reed is an instructor at the University of Massachusetts, co-author of the ADA’s most recent position […]

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Nutrition Resources

  Food Guides/General Nutrition Recommendations The Plant Plate (my food guide available in English, Spanish and German) Recommendations from Jack Norris, RD Vegan Nutrition Primers     Vegan Nutrition Books Vegan for Her by Virginia Messina and JL Fields Vegan for Life by Jack Norris and Virginia Messina Never Too Late to Go Vegan by […]

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Vegan Calcium Needs: Working Through the Myths

Quite a few popular vegan websites and books make the claim that vegans don’t need as much calcium as omnivores. The theory dates to some interesting research from the early 1990s which found that hip fracture rates among different countries increased as per capita protein intake went up. The observations were backed by decades of […]

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