When adopting a vegan or vegetarian diet make sure you have all of your essential nutrients. I meet many clients in clinic that are gluten free, vegan or vegetarian but have a highly processed diet. You need fresh clean foods like vegetables, fruit, seeds, beans and less convenience foods. Joel Kahn explains what nutrients are needed to ensure you are giving your body everything it needs for best health. Enjoy Danielle
by Dr. Joel Kahn
After 40 years of choosing a plant-based diet and 30 years of advising patients to do the same, I still get concerned when I see vegans eating a poor diet, as there are a variety of foods that carry the vegan label but are unlikely to promote health. For example, both Taco Bell and White Castle are promoting plant-based options. And while this may work in a pinch, the mainstay of a health-promoting eating pattern needs to be whole foods with single ingredients, focusing on nonprocessed staples like fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.