Animal products and human health

"Well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages" - British Dietetic Association

A well-planned plant-based diet provides all of the nutrients we need to live a happy, healthy life. There is also research to suggest that those following a vegan diet are at reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even certain types of cancer.



“Where Do You Get Your Protein?”

Excessive protein consumption can lead to a number of serious health problems. Studies show that vegan diets provide sufficient amounts of protein, automatically met by a balanced, varied diet including grains (e.g. rice) and pulses (e.g. beans).Β Research shows that plant-based protein sources are just as effective in helping building and maintaining muscle as animal-based protein.

Other good plant-based sources of protein include soya and soya products, like tofu, seitan, nuts and seeds.

Vegan Nutrition

Some people going vegetarian or vegan worry about getting enough protein, calcium, B vitamins and other essential nutrients. The best evidence indicates that a balanced non-animal diet is healthy and suitable for all stages of life.

β€œWith good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs.”

– NHS Eat Well Guide.

β€œA balanced vegan diet can be enjoyed by children and adults, including during pregnancy and breastfeeding, if the nutritional intake is well-planned.”

– British Dietetics Association.

β€œ[A]ppropriately planned […] 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, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes.”

– American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Helpful Websites and Resources

The Vegan RD:

The Vegan Society:

The NHS Eat Well advice for vegan diets:

Vegan Health, evidence-based vegan nutritional advice:Β

Download our Vegan Guide to Nutrition poster