Vegan nutrition

To be healthy we must all make sure we are consuming the right balance of nutrients. Your diet should be rich in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts and seeds, eating as much variety as possible.

Getting adequate nutrients to sustain our body is something we should all be aware of. While on average vegans live longer than others, we still have to make an effort to eat healthily. If you eat a wide variety of whole foods, you will cover nearly all nutrients your body requires.

Many people worry about getting enough protein on a vegan diet but in fact it is easy for a vegan diet to meet recommendations for protein, as long as calorie intake is adequate. Vegans can get all the protein they need from vegetables, lentils, tofu, beans, nuts and seeds and many other plant foods. It is important to eat a varied diet throughout the day. See more in the article Where do you get your protein? below.

Important: One nutrient that must be consumed via supplements or fortified foods is Vitamin B12. See the article What every vegan should know about B12 below.

Latest nutrition articles


Where do you get your protein?

Where do you get your protein? This is the big question that vegans will hear many, many times, but also a question that those new to veganism sometimes worry about and aren't quite sure they know the answer to.
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Veganism and pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when it is important to be as healthy as possible, and when information about health can be both contradictory and confusing. A balanced, whole foods, plant based (vegan) diet is demonstrably a great choice for you and your growing baby.
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Feeding children a vegan diet

Although there are many positive stories emerging regarding plant-based eating for young people, there have been enough sensationalised news items regarding vegan diets harming children that many parents feel discouraged from attempting what science tells us is a very healthful approach to nourishing their kids.
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Fruit and vegies can make you happier

Can a vegan diet improve mental health and help cut Australia's health care costs? Maya Gibson looks at new research into the links between vegan diets and mental wellbeing.
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What every vegan should know about B12

Very low B12 intakes can cause anaemia and nervous system damage. The only reliable vegan sources of B12 are supplements containing B12 and foods fortified with B12.
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