Saturday, April 21, 2012

Health Effects of a Vegan Diet

An article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published in May 2009, examined the health effects of a vegan diet.  Compared with vegetarian diets, vegan diets tend to contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fiber.  Vegans tend to be thinner, have lower serum cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and have a lower risk of heart disease.  However, a vegan diet may be prone to certain nutritional deficiencies of micronutrients, including: vitamin B12, vitamin D, and certain fatty acids.

To avoid this potential nutritional deficiency, the study provided specific recommendations:

  • consume vitamin B12 fortified foods (fortified soy beverages, breakfast cereals)
  • calcium fortified plant foods (green leafy vegetables, tofu)
  • vitamin D fortified foods ( soy milk, orange juice, breakfast cereals)
  • n-3 fatty acids rich foods (flaxseed, walnuts, canola oil, soy products)
My recommendation for avoiding most of these nutritional deficiencies: Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk!  It's delicious.  

One serving of the almond milk contains the following USDA daily recommended allowances: 
50% vitamin B12
45% calcium
35% vitamin C
50% vitamin E

Even if you are not eating vegan or vegetarian, this appears to be a healthier version of chocolate milk--an excellent recovery drink!

1 comment:

  1. Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk....Ty L. could have told you that!!!!! :)