Is a Vegan Diet Healthy? Live on BBC Breakfast! | August 2018

Hi guys! In case you missed me on the sofa of the BBC Breakfast this morning, here is the clip, and then my comments! Thanks for watching 🙂


This morning I was at @bbcbreakfast talking about the healthy benefits of eating a more plant-based diet … here are my thoughts! 💭

👉🏼 People can choose to follow a plant-based diet for a number of reasons including animal welfare, personal health reasons and environmental concerns.

💚 Regarding health, there are a number of different eating patterns associated with good health and longevity; some include meat and others do not, p. the Mediterranean diet eats little red meat but eats fish🐟

✅ A well-planned plant-based diet can be both nutritious and healthy, and diets without meat have in fact been associated with lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity and several cancers. However, it is worth noting that most of the research is just observation and many vegetarians can be more health conscious; therefore, you are more likely to exercise and less likely to smoke. 🏃🏻

🍃 Eating more plant-based foods is always a good thing; they tend to be more rich in fiber (think of eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains), as well as healthy unsaturated fats from nuts, seeds, olive oil, rapeseed oil and avocados.

YouIf you are vegan, you must have a well planned and varied diet to ensure you get enough nutrients such as calcium, iron and B12; so many vegans really take a supplement.

Calcium = fortified milk alternatives, figs and almonds

Iron = legumes, nuts, dark green vegetables; have with a source of vit C 🍊

💊 B12 = supplement, fortified milk alternatives, nutritional yeast and pot

💪🏼 Protein = range of different proteins to make sure you get all the essential amino acids (which are the building blocks of proteins) that the body can not produce, p. tofu, lentils, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains

Omega 3 = flaxseed oil, tofu and nuts

👍🏻 In summary, consuming a more plant-based diet is not only good for the environment, but it can also have a positive effect on your health. However, it is not necessary to cut food such as meat, poultry and dairy products in general, especially if you enjoy it!

PS: If you are going to take a multivitamin, make sure it includes (in addition to vitamin B12 and calcium) IODINE (which is often forgotten) and vitamin D; everyone in the UK should consider taking a supplement that contains at least 10 mcg of vitamin D per day, especially in the fall and winter months.

Video credits to Nichola Ludlam-Raine YouTube channel

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