Monthly Archives: January 2008

Fiber for Plant-Based Diets

We hear more and more about incorporating fiber in our diets. But what exactly is fiber? Fiber is roughage that is too complex for the body to break down. It is found in plant foods and cannot be digested by humans.

Tips to Transitioning to a Healthy Vegan Lifestyle

Congratulations! You are now a vegan! Now what? You, like millions of others, have taken a huge step in an effort to improve your health, minimize animal cruelty, and maybe become closer to religious beliefs and ideologies, or possibly all of the above. Making the decision to become vegan isn’t the challenging part for the majority.

How To Get Enough Iron In Your Vegan Diet

Vegan diets have become increasingly popular for many reasons including health, philosophical, religious and ecological reasons. A vegan diet contains no animal products and relies mainly on the consumption of breads, cereals, grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds to obtain adequate nutrition. However, an active vegan must make sure to be certain that adequate iron […]

Plant-Based Calcium: Sources and Absorbability

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living* by Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano. What are some calcium-rich foods, and how much of their calcium are we capable of absorbing and holding on to? You can find plenty of calcium in leafy green vegetables, and 40 to 60 percent is absorbable by our body. It was once […]

Protein for Plant-Based Diets

As more Americans cut back on their intake of meat and high-fat dairy products, incorporating alternative protein sources into the diet is of paramount importance. The ideal to strive for is a diet rich in plant-based foods, with those being the primary protein sources as well. Many nutritionists recommend that at least two-thirds of dietary […]

Super Foods for Vegetarian Pregnancy and Lactation

What you eat makes a big difference in how you feel physically and emotionally while pregnant or breastfeeding. Your diet also directly affects the health of your baby. Vegetarian women must take extra care to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need in order for mother and baby to thrive. I experienced a major difference between […]

Vegetarian Diets: Advantages for Children

Encouraging children to eat well, right from the start, will have a positive impact on them in the future, affecting health, weight, and need for medical treatments. Unfortunately, with the mixed messages we hear from the media, obtaining accurate information on nutrition can present a challenge.

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets for Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your need for all nutrients increases. For example, you will need more calcium, more protein, and more folic acid. But calorie needs increase only modestly during pregnancy. In fact, you will need to pack all of that extra nutrition into just 300 extra calories a day. For that reason, all pregnant women need […]