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3 03, 2009

Vegan Diets Support Healthy Pregnancy

By | 2009-03-03T11:10:00+00:00 March 3rd, 2009|0 Comments

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 opportunity to discredit vegan diets—despite the fact that the words “vegan” and “vegetarian” never appeared in the Pediatrics article! The subjects in this study were women living in Ireland at a time when fortified foods were not widely available in that country. There was […]

28 09, 2017

Plant Milks and Iodine: Recommendations for Vegans

By | 2017-09-28T20:53:12+00:00 September 28th, 2017|12 Comments

The growth of the plant milk market is nothing short of amazing. Given the variety of options, it’s easier than ever to switch out cow’s milk for a more compassionate alternative.

But as these milks become more popular it’s natural (and important) to ask questions about how replacing cow’s milk with plant milks might affect nutrient intake.

In a study published this month in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers looked at iodine content of plant milks in the United Kingdom. Iodine is a mineral needed for healthy thyroid function. Deficiency in pregnancy […]

9 05, 2017

Vegan for Her

By | 2017-05-25T11:56:45+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Vegan for Her

by Virginia Messina, MPH, RD with JL Fields

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 like arthritis and migraines; diminish PMs and cramps; build strong bones for life; enhance fertility; make an easy transition to a vegan diet; and incorporate principles of both fashion and compassion into your home and wardrobe.

Here is what people are saying about Vegan for Her

“This is the definitive book for any and all questions on vegan nutrition. The guidance herein is smart, succinct, and invaluable for any woman who is committed […]

6 02, 2015

Finding the Best Vegan Vitamin B12 Supplement

By | 2017-11-27T23:11:46+00:00 February 6th, 2015|Tags: , |172 Comments

vitamin B12As 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 perspective on B12 supplements was outdated. She was convinced that supplements were unnecessary and knew this because of what she had learned on a holistic health cruise.

Okay, well I’ve never been on a holistic health cruise. […]

23 10, 2014

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

By | 2014-10-23T17:58:19+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|Tags: , , |16 Comments

Father with newborn babyThe 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 the fact that the vegetarians and vegans in this study had sperm concentrations that were lower than those of the meat-eaters? I don’t think so for a number of reasons.

First, […]

26 01, 2014

Vegan for Her

By | 2017-02-16T17:08:56+00:00 January 26th, 2014|0 Comments

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 like arthritis and migraines; diminish PMs and cramps; build strong bones for life; enhance fertility; make an easy transition to a vegan diet; and incorporate principles of both fashion and compassion into your home and wardrobe.

Here is what […]

23 04, 2012

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

By | 2012-04-23T11:50:44+00:00 April 23rd, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , |65 Comments

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 expert Nina Planck, who excels at making sweeping, unsupported observations about nutrition. She is woefully uninformed and spectacularly unconcerned about her lack of knowledge and credentials.

Planck believes that we have “extraordinary needs for nutrients not found in plants,” –including vitamins A and D, omega-3 […]

15 11, 2011

Vegan Nutrition: Sometimes the Devil Really is in the Details

By | 2011-11-15T11:21:04+00:00 November 15th, 2011|Tags: , |4 Comments

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 deficient in vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D, iodine, omega-3s, iron, or zinc results in real consequences.”

It’s tempting to think that eating a variety of whole plant foods—the big picture or holistic approach—without attention to detail, is good enough for meeting nutrient […]

31 10, 2011

An Essential Resource for Pregnant Vegans

By | 2011-10-31T10:00:53+00:00 October 31st, 2011|Tags: , |6 Comments

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 paper on vegetarianism, editor of the newsletter for the ADA’s vegetarian group, and also the nutrition expert at the Vegetarian Resource Group. I’ve worked with her over the years on many […]

23 07, 2010

Nutrition Resources

By | 2017-07-24T21:52:27+00:00 July 23rd, 2010|0 Comments

Food Guides/General Nutrition Recommendations

The Plant Plate

Recommendations from Jack Norris, RD

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 Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman and Virginia Messina

Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman and Reed Mangels

Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book by Reed Mangels