Vegan Nutrition Resources You Can Trust

Finding reliable vegan nutrition information can be a little bit tricky. These are the resources thatI turn tofor answers to burning vegan health questions.

One thing people don’t tell you about going vegan is that suddenlyeveryone expects you to be an amateur nutritionist.

“But where do you get your protein?”

“What about vitamin B12?”

“Are you eating enough iron?”

Sometimes, it feels like vegans get nutrition questions all day long, and there is a ton of misinformation out there. A lot of the time, these questions are from well-meaning, genuinely curious friends and family. You want to be able to answer them with confidence and accuracy.

Vegan Nutrition Misinformation

Before we get to the good, let’s talk a little bitabout the bad and the ugly when it comes to vegan nutrition advice on the internet. Why is there so muchinaccurate information out there?

Some of the misinformation about veganism is just based on outdated information.The old protein combining myth is a good example of this.Many nutritionists that aren’t focused on vegan health maynot know that this has been debunked. This advice is well-meaning,it’s just not based onthe most current understanding ofnutrition.

Other sources of misinformation aremore nefarious. Animal food alternatives threaten the dairy, egg and beef industry’s bottom lines, and they’ve helpedpromote pseudoscientific studies to scare consumers away from plant-based foods.

You can see the animal agriculture industry lashing out with misinformation, nuisance lawsuitsand even corporate espionage. There’s big money inkeeping plant-based alternatives off of store shelves.

Probably theoldest – and most common – myth about vegan health is that soy is bad for you. This misinformation goes all the way back to the 90s.

Finding reliable vegan nutrition information can be a little bit tricky. These are the resources that I turn to for answers to burning vegan health questions.

Trustworthy Vegan Nutrition Resources

These are the vegan nutritionresources that I (and mylong-time vegan colleagues) trust for evidence-based, common-sense advice.

1. The Vegan R.D.

Ginny Messina is my vegan nutrition superhero. She does a great job of keeping up with the latest vegan nutrition studies and explaining them in plain language. Her sitetakes a common-sense, level-headed, evidence-based look at vegan nutrition. If you’re seeing a new study on vegan nutrition all over the news,her site is a great place to get some perspective.

I have been followingGinny MessinasinceI went vegan 12 years ago, and she is a resource that I turn to again and again. On top of her website, Ginny has written several books on vegan nutrition.

2. Nutrition Facts

If you’re a regular Care2 reader, chances are you’re already familiar with Dr. Michael Greger’s work. His mission is to sift through the latest in nutrition science, so you don’t have to.

Nutrition Facts is packed with engaging, and often hilarious videos that dive into nutrition science in a way that anyone can understand. What I love about Dr. Greger’s work is that he not only looks at the latest studies, but he digs into older research to put new findings into context.This is another great vegan nutrition resource to turn to when new studies come out.

3. VeganHealth.org

Registered Dietician Jack Norris runs this comprehensive vegan nutrition website. WhileThe Vegan R.D.and Nutrition Facts are both more news-driven,I think of Vegan Health as an evergreenresource for common questions on specific nutrients. It’s a great complement to the two sites above.

Jack Norris and Ginny Messina refer to each other often. Ginny is a contributor at Vegan Health, and the two have even written a book together.

4. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

PCRM is a coalition of doctors focused on the link between diet and chronic disease. Their philosophy is to focus on prevention, rather than on treating symptoms. They also stress the importance of studying human biology, rather than relying on animal studies.

If you’re getting questions about how a vegan diet can transform health, PCRM is a great place to start. A vegan diet can be as healthy or unhealthy as any other diet, and their health section has great vegan nutrition resources broken out by specific chronic healthissues.

Whether it’s well intentioned or otherwise, there is a lot of incorrect information out there about vegan nutrition.Sticking to trusted sites like these can help cut through the noise and find trustworthy answers to all of your vegan nutrition questions.

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Chad A
Chad A3 months ago

Thank you.

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Jack Y
Jack Y3 months ago

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Jack Y3 months ago

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bob p
bob p3 months ago

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Paulo R
Paulo R4 months ago

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bob p
bob p4 months ago

THANKS FOR THE ARTICLE

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Clare O
Clare O4 months ago

nice that some people take this much thought and care over their food

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Clare O
Clare O4 months ago

What you eat is up to you, but I don't believe vegan gives adequate nutrition.

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Jaime J
Jaime J4 months ago

Thank you!!

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Margie F
Margie FOURIE4 months ago

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