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Broward College Provides Nutrition Tips in Observance of Vegan Month

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 31, 2014) – For those that have considered a vegan diet, Vegan Month, observed in November, is the time to learn more about veganism. Broward College Employee Wellness Manager Brenda Bordogna is educating the community about the benefits of a meat and dairy-free diet, as well as how to make the transition for what some consider a healthier lifestyle.
 
“Veganism has many health benefits because eating a diet with no animal products that is high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds can provide your body with high fiber, nutrient dense foods,” said Bordogna. “Research also is showing that a vegan diet can help to prevent, stop or even reverse the effects of diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”
 
Bordogna recommends the following tips for a rich, well rounded diet without nutritional deficiencies –
 
• A good multivitamin and mineral is highly suggested, especially for new vegans learning to eat and combine the right foods. Some companies have started creating vitamins specifically for vegans that are higher in nutrients that may be more difficult to obtain through a vegan diet, such as B-vitamins and calcium.
• Vegans have to find other sources of protein and amino acids, which are essential for the body’s growth and repair. Nuts, seeds, beans and grains like quinoa are recommended for added protein. Some vegans may also use a wheat gluten-based food product called seitan that is high in protein and similar to tofu. Finding sources of amino acids may be a bit more difficult, but foods like hemp seed protein have a full spectrum of amino acids.
• Healthy fats are important to include in any diet. For vegans, most fats will come from nuts, seeds and plant oils. Healthy fats help to lubricate the body and can help to reduce inflammation. There are even products on the market that derive the oils from algae so that vegans can get the benefit of omega 3 fatty acids.
• Vegan junk food exists. Many processed vegan products are available, including yogurts, ice cream, cookies and crackers. In order to create the right appearance and taste, some unhealthy ingredients like hydrogenated oils may be added. Remember to read all labels and know that in any diet natural, unprocessed foods tend to be the best choice.
 
 
For more information, contact Tina David at tdavid@broward.edu or 954-201-7510.
 
 
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