Is It Healthy to Eat a Vegan Diet?

Hi, my name is Evelyn and I am a vegan.  The first questions that I get asked when someone becomes aware that I am a vegan are,  “Where do you get your protein and is eating that way healthy?

A vegan is a person who eats fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.  All food is consumed from a plant-based source.  With proper meal planning, you can get all you need from plant sources without compromising your health.  In fact it has been proven that a vegan/vegetarian diet is healthy.

Does this mean that you should become a vegan today?  No, but increasing the amount of plant-based foods that you consume is always a good thing.  The more plant-based foods you eat, the better off you will be.

“The American Dietetic Association released an updated position paper on vegetarian diets that concludes such diets, if well-planned, are healthful and nutritious for adults, infants, children, and adolescents and can help prevent and treat chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.”  (Source)

If you are thinking about becoming a total vegetarian/vegan, it is best that you consult your physician and seek assistance from a nutritionist who can help you plan a healthy plant-based diet.

For more thoughts on the raw vegan diet, visit Evelyn’s site.

Evelyn Parham

Evelyn Parham, M.S., is a blogger who is passionate about inspiring others to make healthy lifestyle changes. She is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University. You can read more articles by Evelyn on her blog Become a Healthier You.

9 thoughts on “Is It Healthy to Eat a Vegan Diet?

  • June 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Great article! My daughter decided to go vegan a couple of months ago, after 4 years as a vegetarian. She is eating very well! It’s definitely possible to get all you need on a vegan diet. You just need to put a bit of thought into what you are eating. I think most vegans put more effort into their diets than your average omnivore.

  • December 22, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Awesome article, Evelyn. I have found if people just replace their sweets and starchy carb foods with more veggies and some more lean protein they will reap a ton of benefits.

  • December 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Hi Jarret,

    That’s pretty cool!

    Sounds like your friend could have not been getting enough protein. I’m not sure about why someone loses muscle. That’s something, I need to do more research on.

    I really don’t find it hard at all. I make sure I include foods that are high in protein. I combine beans with a grain (unrefined) which makes for a complete protein. I also have Hemp protein shakes..from time to time. Almond, soy, and even rice milk. I include nut butters, nuts and seeds too. I also eat a little soy..tofu, miso in soups, edamame(soy beans)too.

    I don’t do all of this at one time…I make sure I eat a variety of foods and rotate the things that I eat. But you know, I don’t worry about protein at all, I just make sure I include those foods that are high in protein.

    Thanks for asking,

    Take care,


  • December 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Hey Evelyn, wow this really rocketed to the top of our popular post list pretty fast! One of my good friends switched to a vegetarian diet a few years ago. He told me that he lost quite a bit of weight with the switch though some of it was muscle too. How hard do you find it is to prepare meals with enough protein particularly on a vegan diet?

  • December 20, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Hi Health24,

    The best way to change your diet, is to do it gradually. It is always better to transition, than to go cold turkey. It has taken me at least 2 years plus to be a vegan. Here is what I recommend:

    1. First eliminate each meat one at a time. Example…you could stop eating pork, then work on the next meat. Making sure you eat more fruits and veggies.

    2. Eat one vegetarian mea1 for breakfast for a certain amount of time and move on to eating vegetarian for lunch. Eventually you will find yourself eating all vegetarian meals.

    3. Transition slowly.

    If this is what you’d like to do, gradually transitioning is the way to go. Some can go cold turkey, but the majority of people cannot do that.

    Take care,


  • December 20, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Becoming a vegetarian is no easy thing! Personally I could never do it. :( . I always feel the need to eat meat.

    Any pointers on how to go around this and be on my way to a full vegan diet? Thank you

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