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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vegan Society Ltd (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907337260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907337263
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout the book, the emphasis is on support for individual choice rather than any uniform prescription. For those who want a balanced, healthy and enjoyable diet, there are simple guidelines indicating the best approach. For those who want all the details, there are full explanations and a wealth of scientific references. No expensive supplements or exotic foodstuffs are required and everything recommended can be easily and cheaply obtained.

All the recommendations are based on human studies, often involving many thousands of people. None of the recommendations is based on information obtained from experiments on animals. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"I am not interested in research for the sake of fine debating " Stephen says, "but to help people improve their lives."

"Studies show that vegetarians live years longer than the general population. With the right choices, vegans could live even longer than vegetarians."


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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is very easy to read whilst still retaining scientific elements. At the end of each chapter is a short summary making it very hard to forget what you have just read!
This book should give valuable ammunition for those considering a totally vegetarian diet (No animal products). Any worries about deficiencies are covered including the usual suspects - vitamin B12, calcium, iron and protein requirements. Stephen Walsh has worked totally without payment and thus all proceeds go the the Vegan Society. After reading this book that annoying question "So what do you eat?", should be heard less and less (hopefully!)
There's little else currently on the market as comprehensive as this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Samantha A. Pottinger on 28 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
What I like about this book is that it is very unbiased and factual and explains the advantages and disadvantages of a vegan diet and how to make the most of it. Animal charities can sometimes exaggerate the health benefits of a vegan diet and be very biased because of their interest in saving animals, but this book is based on scientific facts. The downside is that I do not find it particularly user friendly because it goes into quite deep scientific detail and is probably more complicated than necessary for someone who just wants to know how to eat healthily as a vegan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Combie on 24 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I got this book to investigate concerns that my family had had based on a recent story in The Daily Telegraph about the effects on foetuses during the first trimester of pregnancy (before many women know they are pregnant) of a diet with reduced intake of folic acid and B-12. There were some relevant studies and a diagram explaining the interaction of homocysteine, B-12 and folic acid.

I also found out for the first time that both rapeseed and sunflower oil are full of omega-3 oil (specifically ALNA, which can be broken down in the body to make all other types of omega-3 oils). I had previously been led to believe that omega-3 oils were only present in fish.

That is from the two chapters I have read so far but based on this I can say that I think any reader interested in the nutritional effect of a vegan diet would do well to get this book.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Parts of it are pretty heavy going - It's clear Stephen Walsh is a "databuster" rather than a new Patrick Holford but there are great "Veganism for Dummies" sections at the end of each chapter.
Pages and pages of research - Walsh must have spent years in The British Library finding all those studies.
He says you could eke out an extra 10 years of healthy living compared with following the average western diet - it's got to be worth the £7.95 for the chance of that alone!
Hopefully this book will inspire you to buy one of the excellent new healthy vegan cookbooks on Amazon (ISBN 0600611906 £7.19), visit The Vegan Society Website and make a difference to people, animals and the environment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 21 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Stephen Walsh is chair of the Vegan society; you could argue that he has a vested interest. However, throughout the book I was impressed with just how balanced his advice was. His reference list shows just how much effort went into researching the facts for the benefit of the readers' health, rather than promoting veganism.

The author did not bestow upon himself the unregulated title of 'nutritionist', nor did I spot any unsubstantiated claims. Instead he presented the recomendations given by government departments and scientific authorities, and offered suggestions as to how these could be met. Biological processes were clearly explained; some of these are inherently complex. This may put some readers off, but for me it validated the recommendations by putting them into context.

I am not a vegan, nor am I about to become one; however I will refer to this book to make the most of the (increasing) plant-based element of my diet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By faz on 5 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
Plant Based Nutrition and HealthThe best book I've read on the subject.A brilliant evidence based book on plant based nutrition that makes fascinating reading. Easy to read with a summary of salient points at the end of each chapter. Every would be or practising vegetarian/vegan should read this.An excellent resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mazda on 16 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book to all who are concerned about what to eat for a healthy life style. It is full of really useful information and tables and the summary found at the end of each chapter is very good, I have this book myself and have also given one to my daughter and to a colleague who i knew would appreciate it.
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