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Balanced vegan diet lowers risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer

Experts say the protein and calcium believed to be missing from a vegan diet can be found in the right plant foods.

fitness Updated: Jul 13, 2017 08:46 IST
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Beans, chickpeas, lentils, soya mince, fortified soya yoghurt and tofu are good sources of protein.(Shutterstock)

Dear parents, you may want to include beans, chickpeas, lentils, soya mince, fortified soya yoghurt in your kid’s regular diet, as according to experts eating a balanced vegan diet lowers risk of blood pressure heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Heather Russell, dietitian at The Vegan Society, says, “Good nutrition is essential for giving kids a great start and well-planned vegan diets can meet the needs of every family member as well as support normal growth and development.

“Introducing children to a wide variety of plant foods helps them to establish healthy habits for life. Eating a balanced vegan diet helps people to limit saturated fat and get plenty of fibre, and research has linked this way of eating with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease, Type-2 diabetes and some types of cancer,” Russell added.

As per the team, beans, chickpeas, lentils, soya mince, fortified soya yoghurt and tofu are just a few examples of other good sources of protein and these foods provide zinc too.

Stating that people worry that vegan diet that it contains less protein and calcium, Russell said, “It’s actually easy to obtain enough if you choose the right plant foods. During the introduction of a vegan infant’s first foods, the use of unsweetened fortified soya milk in cooking is recommended. It contains as much calcium as cows’ milk and a similar amount of protein.”

Both the British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognise that well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages, he stated.

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First Published: May 16, 2017 15:36 IST