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Greetings, and thank you for creating this fabulous site. My questions: is a vegan diet healthful? And is it good for the brain's development?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Balance, as in life

Most nutrition experts advise a balanced diet for brain and body.
If pregnant or breastfeeding, a woman who is a vegan should seek a referral to a registered dietitian to ensure adequate nourishment daily for herself and the baby. Please see my health guide to food for the family also.

In brief: Balance, as in life

Most nutrition experts advise a balanced diet for brain and body.
If pregnant or breastfeeding, a woman who is a vegan should seek a referral to a registered dietitian to ensure adequate nourishment daily for herself and the baby. Please see my health guide to food for the family also.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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In brief: Yes and maybe

Yes- a vegan diet can be healthful because it can help avoid high fat and cholesterol of conventional diet, but a vegan diet must be carefully planned to avoid deficiencies of vit b12, calcium, omega-3's vit d, iron, zinc, vit b2 & iodine.
Pregnant women on vegan diets must be particularly careful. Kids diets must be planned to make sure they get all essential fatty acids and vitamins.

In brief: Yes and maybe

Yes- a vegan diet can be healthful because it can help avoid high fat and cholesterol of conventional diet, but a vegan diet must be carefully planned to avoid deficiencies of vit b12, calcium, omega-3's vit d, iron, zinc, vit b2 & iodine.
Pregnant women on vegan diets must be particularly careful. Kids diets must be planned to make sure they get all essential fatty acids and vitamins.
Dr. Darren Gitelman
Dr. Darren Gitelman
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
One of the best vegetarian (not vegan) diets for children is the lacto-ovo diet from Loma Linda.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Not really

The long term effect of a low fat, vegan diet is malnutrition.
Used for a short time (4-6 weeks) a low fat diet can be employed for weight loss. However, the long lerm effects of low fat diets are miserable. A low fat - high carb diet will lead to high Insulin levels, high triglcyerides, low hdl, metabolic syndrome and finally high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. www.edibolic.com.

In brief: Not really

The long term effect of a low fat, vegan diet is malnutrition.
Used for a short time (4-6 weeks) a low fat diet can be employed for weight loss. However, the long lerm effects of low fat diets are miserable. A low fat - high carb diet will lead to high Insulin levels, high triglcyerides, low hdl, metabolic syndrome and finally high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. www.edibolic.com.
Dr. Michael Rothman
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