By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Monday, April 29th 2019, 06:16:01 AM.
If you follow a vegan diet, ensure you are getting all the right nutrients. We explain portion sizes plus the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. A vegan diet is often accepted to be a healthy one and thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Nevertheless, if you’re a full-time vegan it is worth taking the time to plan your meals and snacks – this way you will ensure your diet supplies all the nutrients you need to remain strong and healthy. To help you on your way, here’s our nutritionist’s guide for a balanced, healthy vegan diet.
Vegan diets are a type of vegetarian diet, where only plant-based foods are eaten. With planning, those following a vegan diet can cover all their nutrient bases, but there are some extra things to consider. If you are following a vegan diet, you need to be aware of your intake of some specific nutrients. Key nutrient to keep in mind is: Iron, People following a vegan diet can get enough iron through plant foods like legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds, wholegrain (especially amaranth and quinoa), dried fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. However, the type of iron in plant foods (non-haem iron) is not as easily absorbed as that in animal foods (haem iron). To boost the absorption of iron from plant foods, include a vitamin C-rich food with meals – e.g. berries, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, capsicum, tomatoes or broccoli. And avoid drinking tea with meals, as some antioxidants in tea can affect iron absorption. Read more about iron and anemia.
A healthy vegan diet should contain a variety of whole grains, proteins, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables.Foods like nuts, seeds, legumes, soy products, and nutritional yeast can all help boost your protein intake throughout the day. Meanwhile, avocado oil, coconut oil, and olive oil are nutritious, vegan-friendly choices for healthy fats.Here is a sample vegan shopping list to help get you started. Vegetables: asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, kale, onions, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, etc.
Bees, for example, need honey to survive. When we collect nectar from their hives, we deprive them of an essential nutritional resource.