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Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting A Healthy Plant-Based Diet [Paperback]

Brenda Davis RD , Vesanto Melina MS RD
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Sept. 2 2004 1570671036 978-1570671036 1
This book is the essential resource for anyone following a vegan diet. Foremost vegetarian dietitians present up-to-date findings on: protection against cancer & heart disease, getting enough protein without meat, why good fats are vital and how to get them, meeting calcium needs without dairy products, what vegans need to know about vitamin B12, balanced vegan diets for infants, children, and seniors, pregnancy and breast-feeding tips for vegan moms.

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Brenda Davis is a registered dietitian in private practice and co-author of the The New Becoming Vegetarian and Defeating Diabetes. She is a recognized leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. Chairperson of the Vegetarian Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association from 1999-2000, Brenda specializes in essential fatty acid nutrition and lifecycle challenges, and has published numerous articles on these and other topics relating to vegetarian nutrition. Vesanto Melina is a registered dietitian and co-author of The Food Allergy Survival Guide, New Becoming Vegetarian, and Raising Vegetarian Children. She co-authored the most recent Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets and coordinated the vegetarian section of the Manual of Clinical Dietetics, 6th Edition, both joint projects of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic for the vegan athlete Feb. 16 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is great for anyone considering veganism but especially if you are (or want to become) a vegan athlete. (I do triathlons)
There is a chapter that goes over special considerations for vegan athletes and also gives a great overview of sports nutrition in general.
I was a little nervous giving up all animal products thinking there would be some nutritional nook or cranny I would miss that would make me colapse during a long run. This book told me everything I needed to put me at ease and even improve my performance.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You NEED this book. July 18 2004
By Leslie
Format:Paperback
Whether you are beginning a vegan lifestyle, all ready live one, or even if you are just vegetarian, I highly recommend this book. It gives loads of information on every vitamin and mineral necessary, and focuses on those that can be a concern in a vegan diet. It gives a little bit of history, includes a food pyramid, and just had tons more stuff you NEED to know. I use this as a reference over and over and find it very helpful. It is the best book I have on health. This book is a must have to complete any vegan/vegetarian's library.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book Feb. 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book's balanced and rational approach to creating a sound Vegan lifestyle proved invaluable to me as I became a Vegan. Unlike some Vegan books, this book was not written by fanatics and doesn't preach. The authors are medical professionals and this volume presents a sound view of the pluses and minuses of Vegan/Vegitarian ways of eating.
It helped me create a diet that not only meets all my nutritional needs, but one that is easy and fun. If you are a new Vegan, considering becoming one, or are looking for ways in increase the non-animal-source areas of your diet then you need this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Unbiased Nutritional Information April 7 2003
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Format:Paperback
I won't rehash what has already been said. My story is that I gained 50 pounds with a pregnancy (due to lackluster eating habits). After delivery, I was determined eat right so I read books by Ornish and McDougall which recommend (mostly) vegan diets. I still wasn't convinced that not eating dairy products was a good idea, so I went ahead and bought this book even though at the time I couldn't even pronouce the word "vegan" correctly.

This book is an awesome find and gives a VERY complete run-down on the pros (many) and cons (few, but important) of the vegan diet and allowed me to adopt a plant-based diet with confidence and without fear. There is so much good nutritional information packed in this book that I hate that the word "vegan" in the title (although accurate) might prevent this book from becoming a mainstream resource on nutrition.
I'm just sooooo glad that I found it. And by the way, not only did I very quickly lose those extra unwanted pounds, but now my daughter is getting a healthy start to boot. Not a bad deal.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nutritional Overview with Some Caveats Oct. 3 2003
Format:Paperback
I'm a vegetarian slowly moving into veganism. If you're interested in becoming vegan, this book is a good start. It provides excellent information on general nutrition, as well as details on vitamins and minerals to which vegans will want to pay close attention. It even includes a one-day meal plan for several different levels of caloric needs.
If you're a vegetarian or an omnivore wondering why anyone would become vegan, this is NOT the book you want. Melina and Davis, both registered dieticians, focus entirely on their specialty. There is no information about animal cruelty in the dairy and meat industries and no discussion of the environmental and social benefits of a vegan diet. There is also little mention of vegan concerns outside of diet, such as animal-derived products in toiletries. Except for the final "Vegan Diplomacy" chapter, the book is largely charts, graphs, and phrases like "docosahexaenoic acid." Despite this, "Becoming Vegan" is pleasantly readable.
Also, curiously, Melina and Davis choose to base their vegan eating pyramid on the USDA food pyramid, which has been heavily influenced by the meat and dairy lobby and is NOT the best guide to follow for optimal health. I suggest obtaining a copy of "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy," the Harvard Medical School's guide to healthy eating, and using the special nutritional concerns covered in "Becoming Vegan" to adapt the omnivorous advice in that book to a vegan diet.
This is a worthwhile buy for anyone considering veganism. If you're already vegan, it is a great tool for ensuring your diet is nutritionally optimal and for dealing with detractors who doubt a vegan diet is adequate for human health.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Whether you are considering becoming vegan or not, this book will help you understand what your body needs and where to get it best. Emotions aside (we all feel strong about our nutrition choices) , it will present a body of scientific evidence regarding factors contributing to major diseases such as cancer. You need this information to make informed choices for yourself and your children, no matter whether vegan or not.

If you did make a decision to become vegan, it will tell you, nutrient by nutrient, what you will have in abundance and what you will need to pay special attention to. It will tell you sources of nutrients, and it will help you to tailor your diet to changing needs of your body and your situation(pregnant? overweight? underweight? raising a vegan child? getting older? ) It speaks to the topic of vegan diplomacy as well.

I still eat meat, much less now after reading "The China study". In this book, I finally found consize explanations to the following:
- Meat protein vs plant protein - is it true that one is superior to the other (marketing campains of food industry aside)
- Why some vegetarians don't look/feel that healthy
- What vitamins will I not have enough if I go vegan

Read it. It is like getting a second opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide
I am at this time a Vegan, with the help of this book, very clearly written advice, it opens the door, and it is up to you as to if you walk through it, I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Perky
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with information!
Though I have just started using this book, I see it is absolutely packed with all you need to know about becoming vegan. It is very thorough and well organized. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Annette Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I have not been able to find another book quite as detailed and easily understandable.
This book is great for anyone wanting to become a Vegan it has detailed explanations and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Vanessa Charles
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I am upset with this book, I really went off reviews and had higher expectations. I guess I wanted to get my sister a present that was more knowledgable I feel that we already know... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lynda
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited and sloppily referenced
At first, I gave BECOMING VEGAN a superficial glance and was thoroughly impressed with the breadth of information covered. Read more
Published 21 months ago by iamyourlung
5.0 out of 5 stars This book belongs in every vegan household
This is a well researched, evidence based book that goes step by step through the nutrients and issues of nutrition in general and vegan nutrition in detail. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2010 by Erin E. Fletcher
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull as
I've owned this book for about a year, and still have yet to finish it.
It's quite dull, and other than the few pages of charts comparing various nutrients found in plant... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2009 by I. Thabit
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect vegan resource
This book and the "Vegan Planet" cook book will give you everything you need for your transition to veganism
Published on July 19 2006 by k
2.0 out of 5 stars Newbie Vegan
I knew giving up animal products was the right thing to do, but after reading "Becoming Vegan," I got the impression that it would have to be a long, gradual process, as... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003
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