CategoryNutrition

The 5 Best Vegan Vitamin Brands in 2020

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I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s weird that many vitamin B12 supplements aren’t vegan. It makes things way harder than they need to be. That’s why I did some research and found the most popular vitamin brands that only sell vegan products, or at least mark them very clearly. If you see any of these brands in a store, online or offline, you’ll be able to...

How to Eat a Vegan Diet Low in Purine [Food List]

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Purines from food are broken down into uric acid in the body. In normal amounts, this is no problem, but in some cases, it can lead to conditions like gout. It’s one of the reasons that some people don’t want to eat too much tofu. This isn’t a huge issue on a vegan diet since most foods high in purines are animal products, but if you have a good reason to limit your intake, the data...

The Best Vegan Sources of CoQ10 [List]

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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has been getting a lot of attention in recent years. While the body can make it, it can also be found in many foods. The most abundant sources all happen to be animal products like fish, meat, dairy, and eggs. However, there are plant sources as well. There’s not a ton of research on CoQ10 at the moment, and that research is pretty mixed. There’s no significant evidence...

Free Printable Vegan Nutrition Chart (PDF)

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Most nutrients are easy to get on a vegan diet, but there are a few nutrients that you want to pay special attention to. I created a vegan nutrition chart that just focuses on these hard to get nutrients that you can save or print out for convenience at no cost. You can view, download, or save the chart here. It’s not particularly pretty, but it has the most important data that you...

How Much Tofu is Too Much [Data-backed]

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Tofu is low in calories, high in protein, and has a decent amount of other nutrients like iron and calcium. It seems like the perfect food for vegans who want to get more protein, since most vegan diets are carbohydrate-heavy. Tofu is also relatively cheap in most places. So, the natural question to ask is whether or not there’s anything stopping you from eating a ton of tofu on a regular...

Does Tofu (Soy) Raise Estrogen Levels? [Study Summary]

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Ask most guys about eating tofu, and they’ll say, “won’t that raise your estrogen levels?” I’m not sure where that idea originated, but it’s not something that doctors commonly say, and most people who say that have never read a study on the topic. My goal with this post is to go over relevant research to see if tofu actually raises estrogen levels. And if so, by how much? First we’ll look...

Omega 3 to 6 Fat Ratio of Seeds [Data]

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Seeds are one of the best vegan sources of fats. After making a page about the ratio of omega 3 to 6 fats in nuts, it only made sense to do the same for seeds. I collected basic nutritional data for all the common seeds I could think of, and the results are just below. If there are any seeds that I forgot, just let me know and I’ll add them. Omega 3:6 Ratio of Seeds Table The most important...

The Best Vegan Probiotic Powders

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Probiotics are one of the most effective ways to try and fix stomach issues. Research has shown that they can improve digestion, mental health, and much more. But since foods like yogurt are off limits for us vegans, there aren’t too many ways to get probiotics in the diet. Sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and tempeh are options, but don’t fit everyone’s taste preferences. So that...

What Are Pill Capsules Made Of?

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There are 2 main materials made to make pill capsules. The cheapest, and most common, are capsules made of gelatin. Gelatin is not vegan since it’s derived from collagen in an animal’s skin or bone. But for products made for vegetarians or vegans, there are also capsules made from a vegetable polymers. For example, hypromellose is a cellulose-based polymer...

Are Vegans Healthy Long Term?

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You can go on any sort of diet for a short while and be “okay,” but eventually an unhealthy diet will catch up with you. So asking if a vegan diet is sustainable long term is a good question. I’m going to summarize the biggest potential health issues of a vegan diet on a longer time scale, as well as studies that look at this exact topic. Reasons a Vegan Might Not Be Healthy Long Term Not all...