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Questions tagged [nutrition]

For questions about nutrition as it relates to veg*nism, such as how to get a specific nutrient in a vegan way.

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Is it our natural way of living to be a vegetarian?

I read everything about becoming vegan and every idea behind it. I care a lot about my mind function and I have a serious question: I was wondering which way is more natural ? If we want to answer ...
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How to counter the theory that you need to eat a bit of everything to have a balanced life?

I have been vegetarian for several years and now I rarely eat meat (never red meat). I have often heard people (including medical doctors) that in order to have a healthy life you should eat a bit of ...
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Should I have blood tests if I already donate blood?

3.5 years ago I became a vegetarian, but in the mean time I have never had a blood test to check the iron value, the B12 amount, the vitamin-D amount and so on. Some people are worried that my ...
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Are there any foods / nutrients that parents should definitely take into account in feeding infants and children? [duplicate]

Everyone knows about vitamin B12. There's loads of other things to think about, omega 3, other lipids, proteins, plus glycaemic index of carbs. What's the best way to approach a complete diet the ...
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Is it healthy for vegetarians to follow a ketogenic diet?

Since a vegetarian ketogenic diet is limited to dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, vegetables, some low carb fruits, and nutrition supplements, it is quite difficult to follow. Has anyone survived a vegetarian ...
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What are the health benefits of buying organic for fruits and vegetables on the EWG's Clean 15 List?

I'm asking about fruits and vegetables in the EWG's 2018 Clean Fifteen List which suggests that buying organic for these products is unnecessary because even when conventionally grown they are ...
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Alternative vegan sources of Omega 3

What are vegan sources of Omega 3 that are not algae, seeds, or nuts?
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Is fat necessary?

From searching around the only types of fat I found to be needed for good health are omega 3 and 6 and everyone suggests limiting omega 6 intake as much as possible because it reduces omega 3. Does ...
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In order to prevent thrombosis, what supplements should vegans take?

In order to avoid thrombosis and for good heart health, what supplements should vegans take? Would taking white egg or yolk or milk cure thrombosis disease?
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Where do Vegans get their Omega-3's? [not ALA]

I'm talking specifically EPA and DHA, neither of which are found in any food source except marine biota. Microalgae is the only vegan source I know of but its almost nonexistent in most vegan ...
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Does Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen checklist guarantee nutritional sufficiency?

As we know, it's possible to eat a very unhealthy diet that is still technically vegan. For example, eating nothing but spoonfuls of peanut butter would be technically vegan but you would develop ...
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What 1 plant has the widest nutritional value over all other plants in the world?

I want to grow a small garden with few plants as possible with efficiency in nutritional value in mind. What plant in the world has the most nutrition from the roots or the flower?
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Do all cruciferous vegetables have the same nutritional profile?

I recently learned that broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and collard greens are all different cultivars of the same original plant species, Brassica oleracea (B. oleracea for short). These are ...
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Are insects a better source of any nutrients than plant-based foods?

One producer of insect foods makes some pretty bold claims about nutrition from cricket flour. 65% protein by volume, complete with all 9 amino acids A good ratio of omega 6:3 fats High in fibre High ...
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Should vegans include copper when taking zinc supplements?

Some sources suggest that when taking zinc supplements, it's a good idea to take copper at the same time in a ratio of 2 mg copper for every 15 mg zinc in order to maintain mineral balance. This is ...
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Which foods benefit from soaking before cooking?

I’ve heard that it’s important for health to soak beans when cooking them from dry. Some people also soak rice or chickpeas. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of somebody soaking lentils. Why do we soak ...
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Do any vegan foods provide vitamin D₃?

Are there any non-animal whole foods that provide vitamin D₃? I know that vitamin D₃ can be obtained through supplements and vitamin D₂ is found in some mushrooms. Is sunlight the only other way for ...
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Is iron deficiency anemia more common among vegans?

Is iron deficiency (and more severely, iron deficiency anemia) more prevalent among vegans? I've heard people say that it's important to eat red meat to get iron, but I've also heard several anecdotes ...
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Is it necessary to take supplements when starting with vegetarianism?

I reduced meats some months ago and about a month ago I decided to go vegetarian. My objective is to go raw-vegan in the future. I have researched a bit and some sources recommend taking vitamin D, ...
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Is there any vegan food that is dangerous in excess? Which ones?

I have heard about some ingredients which contain small quantities of toxic substances and that in excess could cause health damage, (for example I heard that sunflower seeds contains selenium and in ...
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What calculation provided the amino acid profile of a complete protein?

A complete protein is defined by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Medicine as having all nine amino acids essential for human health in sufficient concentration. What were the ...
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How to be healthy while restricting energy intake on a vegan diet?

Are there any special concerns for people who are restricting energy intake in order to lose weight while following a strict vegan diet? The American Dietetic Association says that... Well-planned ...
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Are there risks from eating too much nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a very high source of protein with about 50% of energy coming from protein content in the food. In addition to protein, nutritional yeast also provides a variety of vitamins and ...
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After how long will one see symptoms of lack of B12?

Suppose a person goes vegan and neither eats food items with B12 nor supplements, i.e., doesn't take vitamin B12 at all. After how much time will the symptoms be visible and after how much time will ...
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What amount of vitamin B12 is required per day?

I read some questions in this site regarding B12. Some said 50 mcg was required per day, while some said 1000 mcg. While Vegan Society says 3 mcg per day atleast. What is the amount of B12 required ...
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How can vegans obtain sufficient zinc from whole foods?

Zinc is a mineral that we need in small amount every day for good health. Although zinc is found in many plant foods, it is less concentrated than in many animal-based foods. Males are known to have a ...
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What combination of vegan foods more or less exactly mirrors the nutritional value of an egg?

I'm wondering if anyone has a list of foods, and the quantity of those foods required with their corresponding nutritional contribution to the egg substitute listed. The calorie content of such a list ...
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How much coffee/tea can cause you to absorb less plant-based iron?

I recently discovered that iron we get from plants is not absorbed the same way as from meat, it is actually not the exact same iron: nonheme iron (plants) and heme iron (animals). Things can enhance ...
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Does nutrition information for unshelled edamame include or exclude the shell?

I am wondering whether the nutrition information for unshelled edamame - young soy beans - include the nutritional values for the shell or not.
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Could a vegetarian diet indirectly cause vitamin C deficiency?

Obvious answer is no but... I quickly see a difference when I don't get much fruit (or fruit-juice) for a few weeks, my gums start bleeding more easily and get a bit painful - known consequences of a ...
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Alternative meat imitation protein options that are GF and soy-free

Are there any affordable alternative meat imitation protein products that are both gluten-free and soy-free in the United States?
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Are there any studies of methylation status in case of proper B12 complementation in vegans/vegetarians?

I'm trying to look for scientific studies that study the impact of careful vegetarianism/veganism on DNA methylation at the locus level (meQTL study). The closest I could find was this one, that ...
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How should one adapt a vegetarian diet after breaking a bone?

I was wondering how one should adapt one's diet to optimize bone reconstruction efficiency. Popular knowledge tends to highlight the need for calcium, but I'd like to know if there are any scientific ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages of consuming Multigrain food items?

Grains have been a part of vegetarian diet for a long time. Huge populations around the world consume grains (most commonly wheat and corn). Most health experts agree that grains should be a part of ...
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What are the nutritional properties of soy “whey”?

Prompted by this question I would like to know what the nutritional properties of soy whey are. By soy whey I mean the nearly clear liquid left behind after soya milk has been coagulated to make tofu....
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Can vegans get sufficient iodine from plants and iodized salt?

The trace element iodine is an essential nutrient for humans. According to some nutrition professionals, good sources of iodine are iodized salt, seafood and dairy products, while plants might be a ...
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What are the best sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians?

What are the best sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians? Can milk and yogurt make up an adequate daily intake?
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Portable/compact endurance food?

I sometimes do bicycle tours where I travel on the order of 12h a day for several days. That is, I need lots of energy a day, and I need to keep this up, so I really shouldn't have an energy deficit. ...
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Bananas - the pros and cons of living off them

I have a lot of bananas at the moment. I am cooking them, eating them in so many ways it is impossible to explain. However, is it possible to live off bananas in my vegetarian diet? Am I getting ...
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Are there vegan Omega 3 pills?

I am being treated for ADHD and BiPolar disorder. My doctor advises me to take Omega 3 supplements. For about 15 years I have been following vegetarian diet. I found being so I found myself having ...
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How does cooking affect Omega 3 oils in flax, chia and other seeds?

I often use chia and flax seeds in my baking, mainly to help bind the mixture (sometimes to replace egg). I know they're a great source of Omega 3 (potentially scarce in veg*n diets) when raw, but I ...
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What nutrients should vegetarians supplement while weight training?

I have just started serious weight training (3 days a week powerlifting) and I have been eating vegetarian for the most part for years. I am concerned that the extra demands on my body from ...
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Is there a good rule of thumb for eating correctly?

I've been vegan/vegetarian for about 4 years now and my way of making sure I'd eat enough of everything is to mix as much as possible vegetables, fruits, grains... There's a French recommendation to ...
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When taking B12 supplements, is it a viable strategy to take higher dose every few days as opposed to lower dose every day?

As a recently converted vegan, I first wanted to try out not taking B12 supplements to see if I can get the recommended RDA from fortified foods alone. This turned out to be rather hard and I average ...
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Are there any specifics related to veganism and working out?

I used to workout quite a lot when I was omnivore and vegetarian but have not visited the gym for some time because of a back injury. When transitioning from omnivore to vegetarian, I did not do any ...
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An easy vegan meal plan that covers all dietary needs [closed]

If you want to get enough of a particular nutrient X, there are always plenty of resources showing how to do so. For example, here are articles showing how to get enough protein, calcium, and iron. ...
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What vegan food should I feed to a baby?

What foods should I feed a baby when we starting out on a vegan lifestyle? We are going through a phase where we are changing from meat to vegetarian/vegan. I've seen many babies that don't eat ...
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How often should a vegan have a blood test?

I read (e.g. in this vitamin B12 question) that it is important for a vegan to monitor some nutrient levels by taking blood tests periodically. Excluding exceptional situations, how often a vegan ...
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Which fake meats are healthy? [closed]

I've heard that not all foods veg*n foods styled to resemble meat are healthy; some are quite processed, high in sodium, etc. What are the main health concerns when eating fake meat? How can I ...
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How to obtain the best iron absorption from spinach?

I've heard that while spinach contains plentiful amounts of iron, the iron content is hard for the human body to digest. Spinach contains oxalic acid that binds with some of the iron, making it ...