It’s been quiet on this website for a long time while I’ve had my attention on several all-consuming projects. One was the new edition of Vegan for Life. By the time that book was published last May, I was already immersed in an even bigger endeavor which was a 10-year update to The Dietitian’s Guide to Vegetarian Diets, scheduled for publication in October 2021. Co-authored with Dr. Reed Mangels and Dr. Mark Messina, this is a textbook and a comprehensive overview of all aspects of vegan and vegetarian nutrition.
One subject that both books cover is the use of vegan diets for reducing risk for chronic disease, losing weight, or managing heart disease or diabetes. Defining the “best” vegan diet for these purposes isn’t easy. As with just about any topic in nutrition, the research is often conflicting and uncertain.
Among many vegans, there is a prevailing belief that a low-fat, whole foods vegan diet is the standard for healthy eating. Several studies, primarily from the same group of researchers, have associated this diet with weight loss and ... Read More >