fbpx Skip to content

ADVERTISEMENT

Are Low-Fat Vegan Diets Safe?

Plant-based diets are typically associated with improved health and increased disease protection. However, some researchers have uncovered nutritional deficiencies in people who regularly consume an extremely low fat vegan diet (vegans eschew any kind of animal-based product). So, when it comes to all plants all the time, can you get too much of a good thing?

Not really, says a new study published in the September 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. In observing a cohort of men who ate a strict vegan diet in which only 10% of calories were derived from fat, the researchers found that “a very low fat vegan diet with comprehensive nutrition education emphasizing nutrient-fortified plant foods is nutritionally adequate, with the exception of vitamin D.” The authors concluded that “vitamin D supplementation, especially for those with limited sun exposure, can help assure nutritional adequacy.” The authors also recommended that vegans

  • receive nutrition counseling that stresses healthy meal planning;
  • up their daily intake of fortified plant foods, especially those high in vitamins B12 and D; and
  • supplement their food intake with a soy protein supplement.
ideafit-plus-logo

Concerned about your place in the new fitness industry? We have 40 years of experience supporting pros just like you! Let’s create a new wellness paradigm together—IDEAfit+ is the extra edge you need. Once you team up with IDEA, be sure to take full advantage of all the benefits of membership.

When you buy something using the retail links in our content, we may earn a small commission. IDEA Health and Fitness Association does not accept money for editorial reviews. Read more about our Terms & Conditions and our Privacy Policy.

ADVERTISEMENT

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay up tp date with our latest news and products.