Sunday, October 9, 2011

Book Review: Vegan for Life

I eagerly picked up Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Jack Norris and Virginia Messina, two registered dieticians, as soon as I saw Virginia at Vida Vegan Con. She spoke on a panel (fittingly) about vegan nutrition, and afterwards, I couldn't wait to read even more about what she had to say on the subject, since she referred to the book a lot during the panel.

The book was very informative, and I learned a lot about what my nutritional needs are. I now feel quite prepared for keeping my body healthy. Here are the top points and features I found in the book:

  • Having deficiencies in both Vitamins D and B12 can be detrimental to your health, so take supplements of both.
  • Soy products really are okay to eat as part of a plants-based diet and can even lower cholesterol. Just limit them to 3-4 servings per day.
  • There is limited information about the long-term health of vegans, which makes it difficult to report statistics and compare facts or results with other studies.
  • The book includes some helpful meal planning, even broken down by target caloric intake.
  • There are sections based on stocking the vegan pantry and different ways to prepare and eat beans.
The final chapter describes the benefits of going vegan: it describes in depth the poor treatment of animals raised to be eaten. One cannot help but feel moved into action.

I suggest you read this if you are already a vegan or are contemplating transitioning to a vegan diet. The information is too valuable to pass up.

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