Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

By Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD

The Experiment, 2014

Warmly written, down-to-earth, and filled with practical advice, plus insights from dozens of seasoned over-50 vegans, Never Too Late to Go Vegan makes it easier than ever to reap the full rewards of a plant-based diet. Among the topics covered are the following:

  • The nutritional needs that change with aging
  • How your diet choices can reduce your odds of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other conditions
  • Easy steps for going vegan, including how to veganize your favorite recipes, navigate restaurant menus, travel and more
  • The challenges of caring for aging and ailing relatives who are not vegan

What people are saying about Never Too Late to Go Vegan:


Never Too Late to Go Vegan shows the wonderful ways you can benefit from a new, healthier way of eating. This in-depth guide will inspire you to make the change and will hold your hand every step of the way, with all the helpful tips you need to make the transition smooth as can be.”
—NEAL D. BARNARD, MD, author of Power Foods for the Brain and director of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

“What a wonderful book! If you want to be healthy, and to make choices that bring your compassion to life, this is your guide. Highly, highly recommended.”
—JOHN ROBBINS, author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution and cofounder of The Food Revolution Network

Never Too Late to Go Vegan is a masterpiece created by an inspiring trio: Carol Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina. If you are 50-plus and want to explore a vegan lifestyle, this book is an absolute must. It is incredibly informative and absolutely delightful from beginning to end.”
—BRENDA DAVIS, RD, and VESANTO MELINA, MS, RD, coauthors of Becoming Vegan, Becoming Vegetarian, and Becoming Raw

“What a terrific guide! Three wise women tell us everything we need to know to be happy, healthy vegans. This book is reason to celebrate and be well!”
—MICHAEL GREGER, MD, physician, author, speaker, and director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States

“This is my new favorite book. Its nutritional know-how comes from science, not opinion. The recipes are tasty and healthy and unintimidating. Its ethical underpinnings arise from the real-life commitment of three wise women who were vegan before it was cool—and whose wit and savvy give me the feeling they’ve been cool all along.”
—VICTORIA MORAN, author of Main Street Vegan and director of the Main St. Vegan Academy

Never Too Late to Go Vegan offers a warm, welcoming message to adults who have decided to adopt a vegan diet. Carol, Patti, and Ginny have combined their scientific knowledge and practical expertise to produce a book with a wealth of ideas for everything from eating well to social situations to caregiving. Simply put, this is an indispensable resource. Oh, and there are recipes too!”
—REED MANGELS, PhD, RD, coauthor of Simply Vegan

“An absolutely wonderful book, fascinating from beginning to end. Vegetarian for 20 years, vegan for 10, I still learned much from this terrific book! I intend to buy a dozen and give them away to inspire my friends who are over 50 to become vegan.”
—JEFFREY MOUSSAIEFF MASSON, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love and other best-selling books on the emotional life of animals

“If you thought you were ‘too old to change your diet,’ that it was ‘too late’ or ‘too hard to do,’ or that you are ‘too set in your ways,’ you’ve got another ‘think’ coming! It is never too late and it’s never been easier! This very comprehensive guide has gems of wisdom on every page—from demolishing prevalent myths about veganism, to how to make decadent, but healthy, desserts. Follow the plan in this book and you’ll start seeing results tomorrow morning—and the rest of your longer, healthier, happier life!”
RUTH HEIDRICH, PhD, author of A Race For Life, Senior Fitness, and Lifelong Running