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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!'.

  • 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       

  • Low-Carb (But Not Paleo) Diets for Vegans
    Low-carb diets are nothing new. The first book promoting carbohydrate restriction for weight loss, Eat Fat and Grow Slim, was published in 1958. And I can remember the wildly popular The Drinking Man's Diet of the 1960s (which restricted carbs but allowed as many martinis as you wanted). Carbophobia gave way to fatphobia in the 1980s [...] (...more)
    6 Jun 2014 at 8:55am       

  • Paleo Advocates Get Vegan Diets (and Saturated Fat) Wrong
      Quite a few people have asked me to comment on the blog Authority Nutrition. It's written by Kris Gunnars, a medical student at the University of Iceland. First, despite the bold title of his blog, Gunnars is no authority on nutrition. His background is the usual one of the self-proclaimed expert: “I got interested [...] (...more)
    21 Apr 2014 at 11:54am       

  • Are Vegetarians Less Healthy than Meat-Eaters?
    “Vegetarians Found to Have More Cancer, Allergies, and Mental Health Disorders.” That's the alarming headline from a website called Science 2.0 (which also declares vegetarianism to be a “fad diet.”) They are referring to new research in Austrian vegetarians published in the journal PLoS One. The study compared self-reported health among 1,320 (...more)
    3 Apr 2014 at 4:54pm       

  • Keeping Vegan Diets Healthy and Fabulous
    I've eaten a lot of truly exceptional vegan meals in my life. But I have absolutely no trouble recalling the single best meal I ever had (truly the single best one!). Prepared in an ancient restaurant in a little town on the island of Sicily, it was a big bowl of chickpeas that had simmered [...] (...more)
    19 Mar 2014 at 12:33pm       

  • Don't Think Twice About Going Vegan
    A number of readers have asked if I'd respond to the article Why You Should Think Twice About Vegetarian and Vegan Diets, by Chris Kresser. Kresser is a licensed acupuncturist who writes frequently about diet. And since I would never go around poking needles into people, I wish he would return the favor and stop [...] (...more)
    6 Mar 2014 at 8:29am       

  • Grains in Vegan Diets: No, They Won't Make You Fat or Sick
    With the exception of some raw foods vegans, almost all of the vegans I know eat grains. If any of the fear mongering around these foods has any basis, it's a wonder we're all still alive and that many of us are thriving. At the center of the anti-grain campaign is Dr. William Davis, author [...] (...more)
    26 Feb 2014 at 11:39am       

  • Potassium in Vegan Diets: Less Kale, More Beans?
    It's not surprising that vegetarians and vegans tend to have higher intakes of potassium compared to omnivores. One simple dietary change—replacing the meat in a recipe with any type of beans—can give potassium intake a healthy boost. It doesn't necessarily mean that we vegans always get enough, though. In fact, while it's far easier (...more)
    19 Feb 2014 at 9:35am       



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