When we eat certain foods, we often chuck parts of them into the trash, like the core of an apple or the skin of kiwi. But it turns out that a lot of those food “scraps” which we routinely trash are actually edible and good for us. The next time you eat these foods, especially if you buy organic, make sure you don’t throw away the healthy parts you could be eating!
Calcium doesn’t get as much attention as protein when it comes to vegan nutrition, yet calcium is something that vegans might want to pay better attention to. Recent studies do suggest that vegans had lower bone densities and are at higher risk of fractures. To get an idea of how vegans get calcium, I made six sample vegan meal plans and calculated the calcium in them. Even a healthy vegan diet did not always meet calcium RDAs of 1000mg/day. (see the infographic here)
Vegan Omega 3 fatty acids play a role in every cell in the body. Omega 3 makes up cell membranes, keeps the nervous system functioning, keeps cholesterol levels in check, and staves off inflammation. There are so many health benefits associated with Omega 3 that it is no surprise how much hype the nutrient is now getting.