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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company; 1 edition (Sept. 2 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570671036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570671036
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 17.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By Roman A Milner on 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 By Leslie on July 18 2004
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7 2003
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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 22 2004
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11 2002
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I am not a vegan, but am interested in the diet. I may give it a go, at least to see what it is like, after reading this book and seeing how straightforward and non-exotic it really is! I don't think I will ever be interested in the political aspects of Veganism, so the general lack of political tone was welcome in this helpful book, which did a lot ot make it straightforward and non-intimidating! (If you want more history/political background, there are a number of excellent books out there you should read in addition to this one.)
The book is long on the nuts and bolts of veganism -- benefits and pitfalls, how to plan a varied, good tasting, healthy menu, how to get the vitamins and minerals that are more difficult to get on a plant-based diet, etc. It does not get on a soapbox, nor does it try to proselytize -- I suppose the assumption is that the reader is open minded simply by the fact that he or she is reading it. Either way, it gives straightforward, no-nonsense advice on how to do it and be healthy while doing so!
One nice touch is a section towards the back called "Vegan Diplomacy" -- which has tactics of how to deal with non-vegans, especially those whose minds are a bit more closed to this kind of thing, and how to maintain good relations with a meat eating world!
This book is a "must have" if one is contemplating going Vegan or interested in the diet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toronto gal on Feb. 9 2008
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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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