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Vegan Nutrition

By July 8, 2011September 23rd, 2015Healthy Living, Recipes

Vegan Nutrition


What is a Vegan?

Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.

People choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons.

Vegan Nutrition

The key to a nutritionally sound vegan diet is adequate calorie intake and variety. A healthy and varied vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, dark leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

Here are a list of nutrients, vitamins and minerals to consider supplementing with when choosing veganism.

*Protein: It is important to have sufficient protein to maintain muscle mass.

*Healthy fats: Vegan diets are free of cholesterol and are generally low in saturated fat. Including foods such as flaxseed, flaxseed oil, and walnuts ensures healthy fat consumption.
Remember it is the combination of Protein, fat, and carbohydrates that make up a balanced diet.

*Vitamin D: This is not found in the vegan diet but can be made in our skin following exposure to sunlight.

*Calcium: Needed for strong bones, is found in dark green vegetables, tofu made with calcium sulfate, calcium-fortified soy milk and orange juice.

*Iron: Dried beans and dark green leafy vegetables are especially good sources of iron. Vitamin C helps increase the absorption of iron.

*Vitamin B12 – This important to supplement.

-Be Healthy, Happy, & Holistic

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.

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