Vegan

Definition of Vegan:

A person who consumes no animal products of any kind.  In other words, vegans do not consume meat, fish, fowl, dairy products, eggs, honey, or products containing gelatin or any other animal-derived ingredients such as whey powder or food colorings.

Also: Veganism, Vegans

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Allergy to Cow's Milk

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
Vegan foods, which can be bought at health food stores and many other places, are made without any animal products, such as eggs or milk...”

Asthma

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“A long-term trial of a vegan diet (elimination of all animal products) provided significant improvement in 92% of the 25 patients who completed the study...”
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Cancer, General

...our question about Vegetarian, vegan or raw-food diet
“...The researchers adopted a vegan diet for a few days to clear their system (no animal-derived ingredients in foods or drugs or shampoo), and then drank a glass of "diluted pig mucus"...”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...[1,2] Vegans show even better results...”

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

...recommendation Raw Food Diet
“In one study, the effect of a strict, low-salt, uncooked vegan diet rich in lactobacteria in 18 fibromyalgia patients both during and after a 3-month intervention period was evaluated...”

Constipation

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...Constipation amongst those on vegan and raw-food diets is extremely rare...”

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)

...as a treatment
“...Plant-based DHA supplements are available, and vegans should consider them if additional DHA is needed...”

Diabetes Type II

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“(Reuters, July 27, 2006) "People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet...”

EPA (eicosapentanoic acid)

...as a treatment
“...There is now an algae-derived oil that has both DHA and EPA, suitable for vegans and vegetarians...”

Essential Fatty Acids

...as a treatment
“...There is now an algae-derived oil that has both DHA and EPA, suitable for vegans and vegetarians...”

High Total Cholesterol

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...New Engl J Med 1993;328:1213-9; The ratio of HDL- to total-cholesterol has been shown to be significantly lower in vegans as compared to lacto-ovo-vegetarians...”
...recommendation Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance
“...Even vegans, whose dietary intake of cholesterol is by definition essentially zero, have cholesterol in their blood (usually at very healthy levels) because their bodies manufacture it...”

High/Increased Protein Diet

...as a treatment
“...Although plant sources of protein are in general not as rich in the amount or variety of amino acids as animal sources, sensible vegan and vegetarian diets will provide more than enough...”

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...A vegan regimen with reduced medication in the treatment of hypertension...”

Iodine Requirement

...our question about Vegetarian, vegan or raw-food diet
“Iodine is typically undesirably low (about 50mcg per day compared to a recommended level of about 150mcg) in vegan diets unless supplements, iodine-rich seaweeds or foods containing such seaweeds are consumed...”

Laryngeal Cancer

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“See the link between Cancer, General and Vegetarian/Vegan Diet...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“A vegan/vegetarian diet satisfies several of the requirements set out in the Swank Diet for Multiple Sclerosis...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...the condition
“...Although diet is the best way to ensure adequate calcium intake, supplements may be needed by ... strict vegans...”
...our question about Low-carbohydrate dieting
“...While plant-based (vegan) proteins did not show a deleterious effect, women eating just a serving of red meat a day seemed to have significantly increased fracture risk...”

Plant-Based Nutrition

...as a treatment
“...The ranks of those who eschew all animal products are rapidly growing; these people are referred to as pure vegetarians or vegans...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...Vegan diets are devoid of EPA and DHA, while vegetarian diets provide small amounts in dairy products...”
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Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...1] The results of the biggest study on diet and obesity to date was released in 2003, comparing over a thousand vegans to tens of thousands of meat-eaters, and lacto-ovo vegetarians [International Journal of Obesity 27 (2003): p...”

Raw Food/Fruitarian Diet Consequences

...recommendation Test for B12 Levels
“For raw-food vegans who have not been careful about consuming enough B12 (in the form of supplements or fortified foods), it would be wise to have B12 levels assessed and to commence dietary supplementation...”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“B12 supplementation is HIGHLY recommended for those on a raw food vegan diet...”
...recommendation Iodine
“Raw food vegans who don't eat sea vegetables or use iodized salt should consider supplementing their diet with iodine...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...43 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, those assigned to a vegan diet...”

Stomach Cancer

...recommendation Weight Loss
“During analysis of the data from a Yale study (see link between Increased Risk of Stomach Cancer and treatment Vegetarian/Vegan Diet) the research team found that obesity is strongly linked with risk of these cancers...”

Tendency Toward Postpartum Depression

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...The lowest concentrations were found in vegan and American mothers, and the highest in mothers who ate fish regularly...”

Varicose Veins

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...A diet tending towards vegan/raw-food generally satisfies all these requirements; vegetarians should watch their fat intake...”

Vegan Diet Consequences

...the condition
“A vegan diet is a strict vegetarian diet without any eggs or dairy products...”
...our question about Weight loss surgery
“Although vegans tend not to consume tough/rubbery meats or high-fat foods, they do (like everyone else after bariatric surgery) also need to avoid fried foods, sugary foods, junk food, and sticky foods...”
...relationship to Hypothyroidism
“Sub-clinical hypothyroidism, with raised thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels but mild or absent overt symptoms, has been found to be more common among vegans than the general population...”
...relationship to Male Infertility (Low Sperm Count)
“Various theories have been proposed to explain reduced fertility among vegetarians and vegans: possible vitamin deficiencies (such as vitamin B12); increased use of soy (contains phyto-estrogens); increased pesticide consumption through a diet high in fruits and vegetables...”
...recommendation Iodine
Vegans who don't eat sea vegetables or use iodized salt should consider supplementing their diet with iodine...”
...recommendation Test for B12 Levels
“For longer-term vegans who have not been too careful about consuming enough B12 (in the form of supplements or fortified foods), it would be wise to have B12 levels assessed and to commence dietary supplementation...”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“B12 supplementation is highly recommended for those on a vegan diet...”

Vegetarian Diet Consequences

...the condition
“...Vitamin B12 is a genuine issue for strict vegetarians (vegans), although very easy to deal with...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“See link between Vegan Diet and Zinc Deficiency...”
...relationship to Male Infertility (Low Sperm Count)
“...Comparing 443 omnivores with 26 vegetarians and five vegans, they found that vegetarians and vegans had significantly lower sperm counts compared with meat eaters – 50 million sperm per ml compared with 70 million per ml...”

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)

...as a treatment
“...It was found that people on vegan diets had lower levels of serum B12 levels than the general population...”

Vitamin B12 Requirement

...our question about Vegetarian, vegan or raw-food diet
“...The authors of one study note that the vegan diet provides essentially no vitamin B12, and people following unsupplemented vegetarian diets may suffer from a deficit as well due to the lower levels in the diet...”
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