Vegan Nutrition

  • 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 Dietetic Association advises that: “Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases”.
  • The American Academy of Nutrition and Dieteticsthe world’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals – has endorsed the vegan diet, saying that the diet is suitable for everyone.
  • For the EAT-Lancet Report, an independent panel of about 40 scientists, doctors and health experts reviewed decades of evidence on diet and human health. They defined the best diet for human health as “approximately half a plate of vegetables and fruits, the other half should consist primarily of whole grains, plant-protein sources and unsaturated plant-oils”.
  • Marco Springmann, Oxford University: “We’ve found that the vegan diet could be one of the healthiest diets, outperforming pescatarian and vegetarian, because the vegan diet is higher in fruit, vegetables and legumes and the health benefits from this compensate anything else.”
  • In 2010 the UN published a report in which they called for a global move to a meat and dairy-free diet.
  • For more on the health benefits of vegan diets, see our Health page.

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