Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Announces Position on Vegan/Vegetarian Diets
In this month’s journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the organization’s position on vegan and vegetarian diets is made clear and elaborated on. The journal outlined the different types of plant-based diets, as well as the various reasons people choose to adopt them–including “compassion toward animals,” and stated:
“It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes. Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable than diets rich in animal products because they use fewer natural resources and are associated with much less environmental damage.”
The article stated that plant-based diets could reduce the risk of “ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and obesity,” and encourages Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTR) to “have adequate knowledge and access to educational materials” in order to “effectively counsel on the adoption and implementation of a vegetarian or vegan diet.”
The journal concludes by citing the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet, and states that possible deficiencies that may arise “can be remedied by appropriate planning.” You can read it in its entirety here.