Sunday, 6 February 2011

Book Review: Becoming Vegan

Becoming Vegan
The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet

Brenda Davis, RD & Vesanto Melina RD
Softcover, 288 pages

Becoming Vegan is not a cookbook or food preparation book, but rather a thorough examination of the history, validity, politics, and practicality of a vegan diet. It is a well-researched and well-presented argument for a plant-based lifestyle. 

In it you will learn the building blocks of nutrition; from vitamins and minerals to carbohydrates, proteins and phytochemicals, and how a well planned vegan diet can more than adequately provide full balanced nutrition. 

It also covers vegan pregnancy, nursing, raising vegan children, and addresses teens and even seniors. Each life stage is examined and given specific dietary needs and tools to help reach them.

Another aspect that I have not previously seen in a vegan book is a frank exploration of overweight, underweight, eating disorders and athleticism with keys to understanding and triumphing with a vegan diet. 

Becoming Vegan is certainly one of the most thorough books I have read on the vegan lifestyle. If you are interested in, or on a path towards, becoming vegan - this is must-have for your reading list.