- Numerous clinical studies have shown that a well planned vegan diet provides adequate nutrition at all stages of life, and may be helpful in preventing serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Statutory Bodies’ official statement on vegan diets:
- The Irish College of General Practitioners recommends that patients should be encouraged to eat a plant-based diet as part of their Glas Toolkit – an environmentally friendly healthcare initiative for GPs.
- The HSE provides nutritional guidelines for vegans during pregnancy.
- The NHS (National Health Service, UK) gives guidelines on vegan diets, saying: “With good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs”.
- The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – the world’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals – has endorsed the vegan diet: “It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes.”
- The Australian Health Service says: “Vegetarian and vegan diets help reduce your risk of disease. They can also provide you with all the protein, minerals and most vitamins your body needs.”
- Click here to see more endorsements of the vegan diet from respected organisations worldwide.
Vitamins and Nutrients in the Vegan Diet:
Pregnancy, Babies and Children:
- Click here for a list of resources.
Vegan diet in Sport:
Books on Vegan Health:
Vegan Health Documentaries: