Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Base Nutrition, Comprehensive Edition

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Book Publishing Company, Aug 7, 2014 - Cooking - 604 pages

Internationally acclaimed dietitians Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina specifically designed this fully referenced, comprehensive edition to meet the needs of health professionals, academic librarians, and curriculum developers as well as lay readers with a deep interest in nutrition.
 

The authors explore the health benefits of vegan diets compared to other dietary choices; explain protein and amino acid requirements at various stages of life; describe fats and essential fatty acids and their value in plant-based diets; investigate carbohydrate facts and fallacies; reveal the truth about wheat, gluten, and grains; pinpoint where to obtain calcium, iron, zinc and other minerals without animal products; clarify the importance of obtaining vitamin B12; and show how to attain optimal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation.
 

Nutritional guidelines are provided for infants, children, teens, and adults, including seniors; and a section is devoted on how to achieve and maintain healthy weights and exceptional fitness on a vegan diet. Numerous tables and graphs illustrate each section. A handy graphic of the vegan plate offers a daily plan for healthful eating. Equally beneficial are the sample menus designed for people of various caloric needs.
 

While much of the emphasis is on the health advantages that vegan diets offer, an opening chapter is devoted to the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and the degree of inhumanity that has dominated the industry. Plant-based nutrition truly benefits the entire planet, and every bite makes a difference.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Widening the Circle of Compassion
The Great Vegan Advantage
Protein Power from Plants
Balancing Fats
The Whole Story
Minding Your Minerals
Vital for Life
Pregnancy and Lactation
Growing Vegans
Nutrition for Seniors
Weighty Matters
The Vegan Athlete
The Vegan Plate and Menus
Recommended Intakes of Vitamins
REFERENCES

Clean Strong Vegan Eating
INDEX

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About the author (2014)

Registered dietitian Brenda Davis is a leader in her field, an internationally acclaimed speaker, a past chairperson of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the 2007 inductee into the North American Vegetarian Society's Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Vesanto Melina, a registered dietitian, has taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia and Bastyr University in Seattle. She coauthored the joint position paper on vegetarian diets for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and Dietitians of Canada, and is currently a consultant to the government of British Columbia. Brenda and Vesanto's books on vegetarian, vegan, and raw diets are in print in seven different languages and are sold in more than 15 countries.

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