There is compelling evidence that our obsession with eating meat is not doing us any health favours, yet many people continue to devour animal products at ever-increasing rates.
Multiple studies have found that processed meats in particular (bacon, deli meats, sausages, etc.) have been linked to cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. Even fish, long considered the safe heaven for those put off by terrestrial animal products, has come under fire lately. First, because there is evidence that eating certain types of fish can increase one’s mercury intake to an alarming degree. And second because, due to overfishing, there are now 70% fewer large fish in the world’s oceans than there were 100 years ago.
Whether you are
Strict vegetarian or vegan
Only consumes products of plant origin and no product from animal exploitation (no dairy, eggs or honey).
Consumes products of plant origin and dairy products
Consumes products of vegetable origin and dairy products and eggs
Consumes products of plant origin and dairy products, eggs, fish and seafood and / or poultry
follower of "Meatless Mondays", practices part-time vegetarianism with the aim of reducing consumption of meat
Expert Guidance from Our Vegan and Vegetarian Nutritionists
According to studies, more and more people are moving away from a dependence on meat products. This is good news as research shows that vegetarians and vegans have a lower risk of obesity, cancer, diabetes, cataracts and gut diseases such as diverticulitis. The long-term health of vegetarians is much better overall than carnivores. However, it can be sometimes difficult to obtain reliable information regarding the variety of vegan and vegetarian dietary lifestyles and how to avoid any nutrient deficiencies.
At Dietitian Fit, our vegetarian and vegan nutritionists make it their mission to provide expert, research-based guidance that can help you transition away from, or stay away from, various types of animal products in your diet.
A plant-based or vegan nutritionist can help you:
We make sure any potential nutritional shortfalls are effectively addressed, while at the same time fashioning a dietary plan that dovetails perfectly with your preferred level of interaction with animal-derived food products.
You can have complete confidence that the advice and recommendations our vegan and vegetarian nutritionists provide will enable you to obtain maximum benefits from your chosen diet regimen.
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Vegan and Vegetarian Nutrition FAQs
In most cases, plant-based foods tend to be significantly more affordable than meat. In great news for vegetarians, Finder’s research found that a vegetarian diet is 26% cheaper than a meat-inclusive one. And that is the case whether you measure by volume or by weight. Remember, raising livestock is an expensive business and all the costs associated with feeding and caring for cattle, pigs, chickens etc needs to be recouped when meat products hit the market. So the myth that only rich people can “afford” to be vegetarian is simply not true.
There is not enough clinical evidence to conclude that those consuming plant-based diets actually live longer. But there is plenty of evidence that, if they are able to compensate for the various nutrients they lose by excluding animal products, they can live healthier lives than their meat-eating counterparts. Vegans and vegetarians tend to exist outside the current global obesity epidemic. Research shows that vegetarians also experience fewer incidents of diabetes and heart disease and have a significantly lower risk of developing certain types of cancer such as colon and stomach cancer.
Fat is a word that carries a slew of negative connotations, but the fact is our bodies need a certain amount of dietary fat in order to support cell growth and provide energy. Dietary fat also helps the body to absorb certain nutrients and is necessary for the production of some hormones. As such, it’s important that vegans and vegetarians find reliable sources of healthy dietary fat and include these in their regular diet. Our vegan nutritionists will help you identify these important food sources.
There is no evidence that a plant-based diet by itself will help prevent a person from getting sick with Covid-19. However, we do know that being overweight is a major risk factor for Covid-19 and that vegans and vegetarians tend to be thinner than meat-eaters.