Vegan? Know Your Deficiencies

Vegan? Know Your Deficiencies. Healthy Living Magazine

Vegan? Know Your Deficiencies. Healthy Living Magazine

A vegan diet has its perils, according to a Finnish study in PLOS ONE.

The study analyzed the nutritional status of young adults who had been following a vegan diet for an average 8 years. Typical vegan deficiencies were an unbalanced use of protein sources, low intake of berries, fruits and nuts, and failure to use nutrient fortified food products. The majority of vegans supplement with vitamin B12 and D and calcium-fortified drinks.

Vitamin D serum concentrations were below reference values in 24% of the vegan group. they also had lower concentrations of beta-carotene, selenium, iodine and essential fatty acids than the control group following a non-vegetarian diet.

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According to the researchers, the findings highlight the need of vegans to get nutrition guidance and to use the recommended nutrient supplements. moreover, closer attention should be paid to the intake of vitamin d and iodine among vegans, they said.

On the bright side, vegans had higher polyunsaturated fatty acid concentrations and lower saturated fatty acid concentrations than the control group. in addition, the concentrations of soy polyphenols were high in vegans.

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ReferenceAnna-liisa elorinne, georg Alfthan, iris erlund, Hanna Kivimäki, Annukka Paju, irma Salminen, ursula turpeinen, Sari Voutilainen, Juha laakso. food and nutrient intake and nutritional Status of finnish Vegans and non-Vegetarians. PloS one, 2016; 11 (2): e0148235 Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148235
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