For many people who decide to make the sacrifice to go vegan there are many things to consider both before making the switch and also while you are eating foods included in a Vegan diet. The main concern that people have with a diet such as this is that there are a large number of foods that are excluded from the Vegan diet. Excluding foods such as eggs and dairy, red and white meats and many other animal related products impacts on the nutrients that are absorbed by our bodies from the food that we consume. People who are unfamiliar or new to the vegan diet may ask questions such as ‘how do I get enough calcium without consuming dairy products?’ and ‘will I become anaemic from less iron intake and not eating red meat?’ and ‘how do I get enough of the vital nutrients required by the body from vegetable based products only?’. Many of these questions have important answers and the following gives information on how to receive the nutrients the body needs from foods included in the vegan diet. It is also important to note that the source of the nutrients is not important it is more about receiving the right amount.
One of the more important nutrients required by the body is protein which is vital for the growth and repair and also the regulation of many of the functions in the body. Proteins are found in abundance in animal foods such as meat, fish and dairy products however these foods are not included in a vegan diet. To ensure that a person who is on a vegan diet receives protein as part of their vegan nutrition they can substitute animal based proteins with plant based proteins from soya products, whole grain products as well as nuts and seeds.
Another of the bodies requirements is a good supple of carbohydrates as these are the bodies main way of sustaining energy levels. Carbohydrates are contained in a lot of the foods that we eat and make up a large part of our diet. For people on a vegan diet carbohydrates are in foods such as wholemeal bread, wholegrain pasta, brown rice, fruit and vegetables.
Vegan nutrition is not as difficult as it appears when one starts to do some research on how to best structure their diet. Eating a variety of foods and keeping in mind a few tips on what foods provide which nutrients is a good basis for someone who is looking into vegan nutrition.