Mamma mia, Italians approve of vegan diets!

| Post published on August 29, 2017
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The Italian Society of Human Nutrition published their position paper and it’s good news

With the rapidly growing popularity of plant-based diets, more and more scientists are looking at their health effects and issuing official statements. The latest in line is the Italian Society of Human Nutrition – they did a thorough probing of scientific studies on vegetarian and vegan diets and published a paper officially endorsing such diets as healthy and nutritionally adequate for everyone and all life stages.

The paper highlighted that a varied vegan diet provides all the human body needs and makes us thrive but we need to watch vitamin B12 intake to make sure we get enough. The authors also pointed out that active children and adolescents may need slightly more protein but it’s not a cause for concern. For adequate intake of omega-3 fats, they recommend a regular consumption of walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds and their oils.

Agnoli C et al., 2017. Position paper on vegetarian diets from the working group of the Italian Society of Human Nutrition. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease. 27(12):1037-1052.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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