Today’s episode of Oprah featured author Kathy Freston as a guest, promoting her book of vegan recipes and challenging the entire Oprah staff to a one week trial of a vegan diet. I’ve had a vegan diet on the brain for a while now: the current roster of celebrity pregnancies includes two high profile proponents of the vegan diet. Both Alicia Silverstone and Natalie Portman are vegans. Alicia has been a vocal vegan diet advocate for as long as I can remember. Natalie claims she switched from a vegetarian to a vegan diet after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals in 2009.
And the new U.S. Dietary Recommendations were released yesterday. The upshot: A plant based diet is the way to go. But can you get all the nutrition you need to grow a baby eating only plant products?
Though the vegan diet is incredibly healthful, women who choose to avoid meat during pregnancy tend to come up against this question from people who aren’t comfortable with eating vegan. IN response to these perceptions, or perhaps anticipating them, Alicia Silverstone published a three part Q & A on her blog explaining and defending the vegan diet for pregnant women.
The answer, of course, is yes, a fully rounded and nutritious diet can be 100% plant based. And as more diverse ingredients become readily available, it is even easier to create vegan versions of traditional recipes. Vegan recipes tend to be lower in fat than those containing animal products, and plant based fats are healthier than animal fats in general.
See the incredibly in-depth Vegan Pregnancy Q&A on Alicia Silverstone’s blog for more information, as well as vegan recipes and vegan diet tips for pregnancy.