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Plant-Based Nutrition: Episode # 3 – Vitamins

Are you wondering how to optimize your vitamin intake on a plant-based diet?  Our previous episode of the Plant-Based Nutrition series focused on all-things Omega-3’s! In this episode we focus on how to optimize your vitamin intake, specifically vitamins B12 and D, on a plant-based diet!  Although plant-based diets are rich in many vitamins, they often tend to be lower in vitamins B12 and D [1,2]. For this reason many people find it challenging to get enough of these nutrients in their diet from just plant-based sources. But it doesn’t have to be hard! Read below to learn more about vitamin B12 and vitamin D and how to easily overcome these nutrient deficiencies!    What are Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D?...

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Plant-Based Nutrition: Episode # 2 – Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In our first episode of this Plant-Based Nutrition series we tackled the pseudoscience surrounding plant-based protein. For this episode we will dive into all-things omega-3’s! Omega-3 fatty acids are indisputably an important part of a healthy diet. But can you get enough omega-3 fatty acids from just plant-based sources? This week, let’s explore the role of omega-3’s in plant-based diets and the related health outcomes!  What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids? Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy essential fatty acids that are obtained from our diet. The 3 main types of omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Our bodies cannot make ALA, which means that you must get it from the foods you consume...

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Plant-Based Nutrition: Episode #1 – Protein

Tackling plant-based protein pseudoscience In the past, many people have relied on meat as their main source of protein. So it’s not surprising that the most concerning part about adopting a plant-based diet for a lot of people is whether they’ll get sufficient levels of protein. But does the source of protein (plant vs. animal) really matter? The short answer is: Not really! With careful dietary planning, you can obtain adequate protein intake from solely plant-based foods! So let’s dive into all things protein and take a deeper look at its role in plant-based nutrition! What exactly is protein?  Protein is a macronutrient (just like carbohydrates and fats), which means that our bodies require it in relatively large amounts, hence the term “macro” [1]....

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