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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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Which essential amino acids are the most likely to be deficient in a vegan diet?

Beside total proteins and the need for protein combining (see this question), here I ask a more specific question regarding single amino-acids: what are the most likely essential amino acids to be ...
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How to be healthy during a vegan pregnancy?

What health recommendations for during pregnancy can be made to vegans? Many doctors recommend eating fish and/or meat. How could a pregnant person get the necessary nutrients on a vegan diet?
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Can you achieve sufficient daily complete proteins as a vegan if you only eat grains, fruits, vegetables and other whole foods?

I.e. if you eat enough grains, pulses, fruits and vegetables, but not processed foods like tofu, seitan, mock meats, etc.
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Are vegetarian and vegan macronutrient needs the same as in traditional diets?

Are the recommended macronutrient ratios the same for vegetarians, vegans, and people eating meat? Does the fiber content or the nutrient density of plant foods change the recommended calorie intake ...
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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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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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How can I determine how much protein I need in a vegan diet?

As I'm going vegan, I need to replace protein from meat with plant proteins. When I was eating meat, I didn't pay any attention to how much protein I ate. But in a vegan diet, I feel that I would have ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is Vitamin A plentiful in cooked or raw vegetables?

I have been under word-of-mouth impression that while vitamin A is most replete in meats, a vegan who eats nutrient rich vegetables or sweet potatoes and carrots intakes their full share. However, the ...
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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 it's almost nonexistent in most vegan ...
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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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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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Can vegan diets have a positive effect on people with diabetes?

I'm wondering whether a diet rich in plant foods, such as a vegan diet, can have a positive impact on people with diabetes and/or people with pre-diabetes, the condition in which blood glucose levels ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...