With the right
choices, vegans could live even longer than vegetarians. We all
know we should eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and make sure
we get our B12, but after that it gets confusing:
- Which foods
help us to achieve and maintain an ideal weight?
- How can
we reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer?
- We've all
heard of cholesterol, but what about homocysteine?
- Where should
we get our omega-3 fatty acids?
- Which foods
protect our bones and which guard against dementia?
- Why do the
Japanese live so much longer?
- What about
the Mediterranean diet?
- Do we need
a host of expensive pills and potions to achieve a balanced diet?
Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian and co-author of "Becoming
Vegetarian", "Raising Vegetarian Children" and
his book "Plant Based Nutrition and Health" (The
Vegan Society, 2003), Stephen Walsh PhD brings his considerable
to bear on some of the most fascinating questions and challenges
in the realm of nutrition.
combines unique perspectives and insights with common sense
when exploring topics of weight management, glycemic index,
raw foods and calcium balance; he also explores optimal intakes
and sources of vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, and other
book is a tremendous addition to the libraries of health-conscious
people, whether vegan, vegetarian, or just beginning to shift
their diets in the direction of plant foods.
The London Sunday Times as an "accomplished databuster"
in debunking spurious claims by the dairy industry, Stephen Walsh
has analysed the results of thousands of scientific studies to produce
straightforward recommendations for optimal health at all stages
of life. "I am not interested in research for the sake of fine
debating points," he says, "but to help people improve
their lives." 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.
holds a PhD in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College
of Science, Technology and Medicine and specialises in data analysis
and mathematical modelling. He is Chair of the UK Vegan Society
and has a long-standing interest in vegan nutrition.