6 Nutrients Beginner Vegans Should Pay Attention To

27 March, 2017 , ,

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Strawberry and Chia Pudding

Strawberry and Chia Pudding

Omega-3 is extremely important for our brains, but many of the most notable sources come from animal products like eggs or fatty fish. However, don’t fret. Omega-3 can also be found in flax seeds and hemp seeds and many more vegetable sources. Flax and hemp are especially convenient since you can easily add a small amount to salads, soups, smoothies, or even your breakfast cereal or oatmeal to get a quick, easy serving of omega-3. Here are some of the recipes we really like:

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays in important role in maintaining good function in the brain and the nervous system. Unfortunately, in nature, the best way to get it is from animal sources. With it being so important, giving up animal products entirely can seem very daunting to beginner vegans. However, as veganism becomes more popular, vegan products have found more shelf space. Vegan alternatives like non-dairy substitutes, protein substitutes, and even vegan cereals are often fortified with nutrients that a vegan diet might be lacking. In fact, these products are so ubiquitous now that there is actually a question of whether or not getting enough of B12 (and indeed the other nutrients listed here) is even that much of an issue. But our registered dietitian, Jef L’Ecuyer will have more to say on that later.

Whether you’re worried about the rights of animals, the future of our planet, or your health, a vegan diet is an endeavour. But with a little diligence, and maybe some help from our Vegan Meal Plans, it is possible to stick to your guns without worrying about your health.

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