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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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Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month: Perspective from Vegan Dietitians

In celebration of Vegetarian Awareness Month, the non-profit group Oldways interviewed me and my colleague Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN to get some historical and practical perspective on vegetarian diets. Oldways, while not a vegan or vegetarian organization, promotes traditional plant-based food patterns for health. I was especially happy to be teamed up with Mark […]

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Real Vegan Cheese and Real Nutrition Science

It’s sometimes hard to imagine what a vegan world might look like, given our dependence on animals for all sorts of uses. Convincing people to simply eat more beans and rice, and wear cotton and hemp will be a big part of it. But so might innovations for products and processes we can’t even imagine. […]

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The Future of Animal Rights (and Some Vegan Nutrition Tips for Teens)

When I was collecting stories for Never Too Late to Go Vegan about how and why over-50 vegans transitioned to a plant-based diet, a response I heard many times was this: I wish I had gone vegan a long time ago. I get that. I was well into adulthood before I stopped eating meat, and […]

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Vegans Drink Almond Milk Because It’s Cruelty-Free–Not Because It’s Hip

One of the big food stories this past week was Tom Philpott’s article in Mother Jones on almond milk. Philpott deplores the current popularity of almond milk because 1) It’s not an especially nutritious food and, 2) Almond-growing is not friendly to the environment. He says that it’s just a bunch of “ignorant hipsters” who […]

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Win a Copy of ‘Vegan for Her’ and a Big Buddha Bag

JL and I are celebrating the first anniversary of the release of Vegan for Her with a pretty amazing giveaway. First prize is a brand new Big Buddha “Arlene” rosette satchel, a signed copy of Vegan for Her, a Plant Plate refrigerator magnet and 3 notepads. Two second place winners will receive a signed book, […]

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Safety of Vegan Diets for Babies

Vegan diets aren’t dangerous. However, people with irrational ideas about nutrition are. The stories of vegan parents who starved their babies because of mistaken beliefs about infant feeding are clear proof of that. It is horrible and it’s heartbreaking. But it has nothing to do with veganism. Why is it that journalists can’t figure this […]

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Low-Carb (But Not Paleo) Diets for Vegans

Low-carb diets are nothing new. The first book promoting carbohydrate restriction for weight loss, Eat Fat and Grow Slim, was published in 1958. And I can remember the wildly popular The Drinking Man’s Diet of the 1960s (which restricted carbs but allowed as many martinis as you wanted). Carbophobia gave way to fatphobia in the 1980s […]

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Paleo Advocates Get Vegan Diets (and Saturated Fat) Wrong

Paleo Advocates Get Vegan Diets (and Saturated Fat) Wrong

  Quite a few people have asked me to comment on the blog Authority Nutrition. It’s written by Kris Gunnars, a medical student at the University of Iceland. First, despite the bold title of his blog, Gunnars is no authority on nutrition. His background is the usual one of the self-proclaimed expert: “I got interested […]

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Are Vegetarians Less Healthy than Meat-Eaters?

“Vegetarians Found to Have More Cancer, Allergies, and Mental Health Disorders.” That’s the alarming headline from a website called Science 2.0 (which also declares vegetarianism to be a “fad diet.”) They are referring to new research in Austrian vegetarians published in the journal PLoS One. The study compared self-reported health among 1,320 subjects who were […]

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