The 2015 Dietary Guidelines: What Will They Mean for Vegans?

For those who advocate for animals, the report from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is a bit of a mixed bag. On the plus side, the report makes a clear recommendation for Americans to eat less meat and, in fact, to eat less animal food in general. The committee says that “a diet higher […]

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The Vegan Feminist Agitator interviews The Vegan RD!

Marla Rose’s Vegan Feminist Agitator blog—which is part of the excellent Vegan Street website– is one of my favorites. Marla is such a brilliant writer and thinker and I was honored to be interviewed last week as part of her Vegan Rockstar series. Please take a peek at the interview which includes my thoughts on […]

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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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Why Do Some People Fail at Being Vegan?

It’s no secret that many people give veganism a try only to quickly abandon it. But the findings from last month’s Humane Research Council survey were especially sobering. According to their study, a cross-sectional survey of 11,400 U.S. adults, nearly three-quarters—70% to be exact—of those who have tried a vegan diet end up abandoning it. […]

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Going Vegan for the New Year: Easy Steps to Get You Started

It’s New Year’s resolution time and maybe you or someone you know is resolving to adopt a vegan diet. But how do you do it so that the change will stick? It’s a big deal, after all, that encompasses a whole bunch of new habits. And you have to know a few things beforehand, including […]

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Vegan Diets, Cancer and Disease Shaming

My husband and I are big Costco fans. We love to nose around to see if they are carrying any new vegan products, argue over the wisdom of buying a 50-pound bag of sweet potatoes, and endlessly discuss whether we should purchase a home surveillance system so we can spy on our cats when we’re […]

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Dietitian Perspectives on Protein, Calcium and Vegan Bone Health

Note: this article is co-authored by Jack Norris, RD and Ginny Messina, MPH, RD and appears on Jack’s blog as well as this one. Vegans typically have lower calcium intakes than other vegetarians and meat-eaters. But just how much does this matter? The popular thinking has long been that it doesn’t matter much at all. […]

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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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