We get your conundrum – trust us, we get confused too – and decided it’s high time we put an end to all your (and our) burning questions once and for all. After all, you are what you eat, and eating should really be an enjoyable (not confounding) affair.
To help us make sense of all the diets, food trends and nutrition beliefs floating around, we enlisted the help of nutritionist Charlotte Mei and dietitian Vanessa McNamara to answer a slew of dietary questions to *hopefully* set us on the path of a wholesome, sustainable eating plan for life.
The Amazon is burning, the oceans are overfished. Everyone’s talking about sustainable living. Can adopting a vegan diet really be considered balanced and healthy?
Charlotte: It requires a lot of planning to make sure one’s vegan diet includes a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. It is important, too, to eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and good fats, rather than sticking to the same ones, which could be the case for many vegans. Keep in mind that animal-based products contain a host of nutrients that plant foods contain very little of, if any at all: vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.