Monthly Archives: January 2008

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 […]

Vegetarian / Vegan Nutrition for Teenagers

More and more teenagers are choosing not to eat meat, poultry or fish. They are becoming vegetarians or vegansTeenage vegetarians are often faced with pressures — pressures from parents concerned about their health, and pressures from within to continue on the path they have chosen. Photo above is Julie Hasson’s recipe for Quinoa Burgers.

When Soy Annoys: Vegetarian Food Allergies

Going vegetarian in college did not exactly bring me the surge in health and vitality that I’d expected. Far from it: my sinuses clogged, thoughts grew fuzzy, skin broke out, and periodically I developed the worst stomach pain ever!We’re talking writhing on the floor, Sigourney-Weaver-in-Alien style pain. After a few weeks of “trying veg,” I […]