Help Animals With Healthful and Practical Vegan Diets

I take some flak for my stance on raw foods and low-fat-vegan diets. But that’s okay; I stand by my opinion that neither is a good idea. I’m bothered as a dietitian because I don’t think these diets are the most healthful way to eat. But it bugs me way more as an activist since […]

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The Best Vegan Dinner: No Cooking Skills Required

The Best Vegan Dinner: No Cooking Skills Required

Okay, I’m no food photographer. But when I plated up this dinner last night, I was so impressed with myself that I had to take a quick photo. It’s not just that this meal is fabulously healthy, delicious, and pretty. It’s that it took me all of 10 minutes to pull it together. Granted, the […]

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Outside the Vegan Comfort Zone

I treasure my wonderful group of vegan friends and colleagues, people I know both on and off the internet. They provide a sanity-saving little oasis for me in this non-vegan world. They are also a source of information and inspiration, which I think helps me to be a more effective activist. Wouldn’t it be great […]

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Getting Enough Zinc on Vegan Diets

Getting Enough Zinc on Vegan Diets

It’s safe to say that we have more questions than answers about zinc in vegan diets. This mineral is found in a wide range of plant foods, and many studies show that vegans have intakes on a par with omnivores. But other evidence suggests that vegans fall short. In addition, zinc absorption from plant foods […]

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Follow Your Heart to Great Vegan Cheese and Mayonnaise

Follow Your Heart to Great Vegan Cheese and Mayonnaise

I love products that help make vegan diets effortless. Lately, I’ve become a devoted fan of the Follow Your Heart company, which makes it especially easy to whip up many of the foods I love—homemade pizza, traditional potato salad, and mac ‘n cheese. I’ve been using their Vegenaise for several years. It’s a huge leap […]

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Best Fast Vegan Dessert: Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I’m going to make these tomorrow for friends who are stopping by for dessert. Chocolate chip pancakes are so divine and since they are served hot from the griddle, they feel sort of gourmet-ish. It’s easy enough to make these from scratch, but obviously even easier to use a mix. If I’m making them just […]

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Some Thoughts on Swine Flu: A Vegan Perspective

In the midst of a potential swine flu pandemic, we are being reassured that it’s okay to eat pork. News releases from the government and industry declare that swine flu is not transmitted by eating pork, and my fellow dietitians are busy advising consumers about safe pork cooking practices. Pork is safe? Doesn’t this miss […]

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Vegans and Mortality

I had a question from a reader about the 2005 study on German vegetarians that showed higher mortality for vegans compared to other health-conscious eaters. The researchers asked nearly 2,000 subjects about diet, exercise and smoking habits, and then followed up over a period of 21 years, tracking deaths from cardiovascular disease, cancer and other […]

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What Does It Mean To Be Vegan?

To me, being vegan is about finding the best way to live that is both healthful and humane. I often feel greater kinship with near vegetarians who are striving to live more ethically than with those who eat a strictly vegan diet for reasons of personal health. Here, and in my examiner column, I choose […]

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Vegans and Diabetes

Dietitian Jack Norris has published an excellent overview of research on vegan diets and diabetes on www.veganhealth.org. Please note Jack’s comments about fat in his discussion of the findings. I agree with him that adopting a very low fat diet over the long term may not be advisable. I’m also not convinced that severe fat […]

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