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A Healthy Diet For Life
A varied whole-food vegan diet will provide all the nutrients required for a
healthy body during pregnancy, for breastfeeding and from birth onwards. In fact
there is no known nutrient the vegan diet cannot provide and several studies
have shown that vegan women typically have healthy pregnancies and that their
The vegan diet is
low in fat (especially saturated fat)
high in fiber and complex carbohydrates
low in salt
rich in vitamins A and C
Vegans are less at risk of
high blood pressure
cancer of the breast and colon
Some doctors also prescribe vegan diets to treat high blood pressure, angina,
rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
New Cancer Report Urges Mainly Plant-Based Diet
A major new report by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American
Institute for Cancer Research published in 1997 recommend a reversal of current
dietary trends in most parts of the world so that food supplies remain or become
plant-based [a typical vegan diet!]. The report says:
" ... within the last 50 years, the trend has been to invest in the very
resource-intensive rearing of animals ... The consumption of fatty meat and of
meat, milk and other dairy products has also been promoted with the incorrect
message that such foods are especially healthy."
In 1996, over ten million people developed some form of cancer. 30% - 40% of
these cancers are actually preventable by correct diet.
The Importance Of Good Nutrition
The diet of a pregnant woman and that of her infant during the first year
of life, can affect the health of that child 40, 50 or even 60 years later. It
is therefore of utmost important that the pregnant woman and baby is provided
with good nutrition. A pregnant woman requires extra nutrition to support the
growing fetus and to allow for changes in her body.
Research Gives Veganism The Thumbs Up!
Studies carried out on life long vegan children in 1981 and 1992 showed
that although generally lighter in weight than their omnivore peers, vegan
children are within the normal ranges for height and weight. Infants and
children raised on a varied vegan diet obtain adequate protein and energy, are
healthy and grow normally. Reports in the medical press of vegan infants
suffering protein and energy deficiencies are extremely rare. In some instances
infants were weaned onto poorly planned fruitarian or macrobiotic regimes rather
than vegan diets. In other cases parents had not adopted veganism but instead
had eliminated foods from their infants' diets on a piecemeal basis and without
seeking proper advice.