The myths of going vegan

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A recent Harvard study discovered that vegetarians lost more weight than non-vegetarians. And vegan dieters actually saw the most weight loss, losing five pounds more than non-vegetarians. Vegan diets have also shown to be effective in fighting heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

“A vegan diet means absolutely zero animal products, so no eggs, no cheese, no milk,” Tara Collingwood, registered dietician, said.

Eliminating all of those foods has the potential to also eliminate vital nutrients. So, if you’re planning to go vegan then planning is exactly what you need to do. Plan to add more protein to your diet through lentils, tofu, and chickpeas. Find calcium in green vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and okra. And get your iron from beans, nuts, prunes, and figs.

However, there is one vital nutrient you will only find in meat: vitamin B-12.

Collingwood told Ivanhoe, “So that is not in any plant-based products so you do have to take a supplement of vitamin B-12 but everything else if you plan correctly you can get enough of all the other vitamins and minerals and proteins that you need.”

A vegan diet could interfere with certain medical conditions like osteoporosis and diabetes, so it is critical to talk to a doctor and nutritionist to ensure you’re not doing more harm than good. The same goes if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you’re interested in learning more about a vegan diet, try checking out the website or watching the documentary “Forks over Knives,” available on Netflix!

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