Dr Oz, Vegan Diet Food Sources for Protein, Raw or Cooked Veggies, B12

Dr. Oz Talks About The Best Sources of Protein For Vegan Diets

Are you or have you considered going vegan before?  Have you contemplated removing meat from your diet and adopting a vegan lifestyle for improved health?  On today’s (January 23) episode Dr. Oz talked about the pros and cons, do’s and don’ts when going vegan.  During this segment Dr. Oz talks about “Raw Versus Cooked” vegetables and which is better.  He also talks about the best protein sources vegans should be incorporating into their diet.

What Does “Going Vegan” Really Mean?

Many people are confused as to what “Going Vegan” really means.  Many confuse being a vegan as the same as being a vegetarian.  There are some differences.  When you go vegan you eliminate all meat, fish, poultry, and dairy. Vegetarians are still allowed eggs and dairy in their diet intake. Foods you can eat include nuts, soy, fruits and veggies.

Diet Tips For Vegans

    • Don’t rely on pre-packaged vegan foods as your sole source of diet.  Packaged vegan foods contain artificial ingredients, are often high in calories and sodium.  Try to stick to whole vegan foods whenever possible.
    • Because vegans do not eat meat, you have to be sure that you are getting an adequate intake of protein.  Dr. Oz suggested quinoa, beans, and organic soy milk as healthy food sources for protein.
    • Steam, roast, and raw foods provide different nutrient value. Incorporate all three.

Vitamin B12 Supplements and Tips

  • Vegans are often deficient in Vitamin B12.  Dr. Oz recommended taking a Vitamin B12 supplement to prevent any deficiencies.  He suggested finding a supplement that contains 25 micrograms of B12 that you can let dissolve under the tongue.
  • If you have decided to go vegan, take it slow.  This will be a big change and going to quickly to fast might not be a good idea.  Take a step until you feel comfortable.  Take another step and so on.

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