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Ginny Kisch Messina is a registered dietitian who runs the blog, TheVeganRD.com - "Thoughts on being vegan, a dietitians perspective". Author of 'Vegan for Life!'.

  • Vegan Diets, Cancer and Disease Shaming
    My husband and I are big Costco fans. We love to nose around to see if they are carrying any new vegan products, argue over the wisdom of buying a 50-pound bag of sweet potatoes, and endlessly discuss whether we should purchase a home surveillance system so we can spy on our cats when we're […] (...more)
    18 Dec 2014 at 12:43pm       

  • Dietitian Perspectives on Protein, Calcium and Vegan Bone Health
    Note: this article is co-authored by Jack Norris, RD and Ginny Messina, MPH, RD and appears on Jack's blog as well as this one. Vegans typically have lower calcium intakes than other vegetarians and meat-eaters. But just how much does this matter? The popular thinking has long been that it doesn't matter much at all. […] (...more)
    6 Nov 2014 at 1:33pm       

  • Vegan Diets, Sperm Concentrations and Fertility: Why There is No Need to Worry
    The internet loves a good story on alleged health hazards of vegan diets. This week, it's all about how vegan and vegetarian men have low sperm concentrations. The alarming research is from Loma Linda University, and it was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine(1). Should you be concerned about […] (...more)
    23 Oct 2014 at 5:58pm       

  • Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month: Perspective from Vegan Dietitians
    In celebration of Vegetarian Awareness Month, the non-profit group Oldways interviewed me and my colleague Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN to get some historical and practical perspective on vegetarian diets. Oldways, while not a vegan or vegetarian organization, promotes traditional plant-based food patterns for health. I was especially happy to be teamed (...more)
    7 Oct 2014 at 2:01pm       

  • Real Vegan Cheese and Real Nutrition Science
    It's sometimes hard to imagine what a vegan world might look like, given our dependence on animals for all sorts of uses. Convincing people to simply eat more beans and rice, and wear cotton and hemp will be a big part of it. But so might innovations for products and processes we can't even imagine. […] (...more)
    28 Sep 2014 at 9:22am       

  • The Future of Animal Rights (and Some Vegan Nutrition Tips for Teens)
    When I was collecting stories for Never Too Late to Go Vegan about how and why over-50 vegans transitioned to a plant-based diet, a response I heard many times was this: I wish I had gone vegan a long time ago. I get that. I was well into adulthood before I stopped eating meat, and […] (...more)
    22 Sep 2014 at 11:22am       

  • Disordered Eating, Restrictive Eating, and Ex-Vegans
    The most disheartening thing about the more public breakups with veganism is not just that they are public. I can understand that a popular blogger will want to tell her followers that she is no longer eating a vegan diet. I can see the value of telling your readers that you are dealing with health […] (...more)
    12 Aug 2014 at 12:44pm       

  • Vegans Drink Almond Milk Because It's Cruelty-Free–Not Because It's Hip
    One of the big food stories this past week was Tom Philpott's article in Mother Jones on almond milk. Philpott deplores the current popularity of almond milk because 1) It's not an especially nutritious food and, 2) Almond-growing is not friendly to the environment. He says that it's just a bunch of “ignorant hipsters” who […] (...more)
    19 Jul 2014 at 5:47pm       

  • Win a Copy of ‘Vegan for Her' and a Big Buddha Bag
    JL and I are celebrating the first anniversary of the release of Vegan for Her with a pretty amazing giveaway. First prize is a brand new Big Buddha “Arlene” rosette satchel, a signed copy of Vegan for Her, a Plant Plate refrigerator magnet and 3 notepads. Two second place winners will receive a signed book, […] (...more)
    17 Jul 2014 at 8:28am       

  • Safety of Vegan Diets for Babies
    Vegan diets aren't dangerous. However, people with irrational ideas about nutrition are. The stories of vegan parents who starved their babies because of mistaken beliefs about infant feeding are clear proof of that. It is horrible and it's heartbreaking. But it has nothing to do with veganism. Why is it that journalists can't figure (...more)
    1 Jul 2014 at 12:55pm       



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