Vegan Diets & Plant Based Nutrition
A vegan diet is based on plant-food sources including:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Grains (including oats, wheat, rice, barley and quinoa)
- Nuts and seeds (as well as their milk and fats)
- Legumes (such as lentils, chick peas and soy beans (tofu, soy milk and tempeh)
Animal products and anything made or produced by animals are excluded. This includes meat, poultry, fish, dairy (including casein, whey, rennet and gelatine) as well as honey and sometimes yeast.
Individuals adopting the vegan philosophy will exclude all animal products from their lifestyle as well. This means that animal and animal products are not used for clothing, entertainment, personal care products or any for other purpose.
A vegan diet can provide all the nourishment needed as long as it is well planned. Protein, calcium, Vitamin B12, omega 3, iron, zinc and Vitamin D are often obtained from animal-based sources, so care needs to be taken to eat adequate amounts of plant-based alternatives. In some occasions, a nutritional supplement may be required.
How We Can Help
Whether you interesting in progressing to a plant-based diet or are already vegan, it is a good idea to consult an Accredited Dietitian with interest in the area to ensure that you are meeting your nutritional needs.