Most people aren’t vegans or vegetarians. A little over 3% of the American population identifies as vegetarian and only about .05% eat a strict vegan diet. That’s over a million people, and that number is growing.
In the last five years, a lot of key research has emerged that’s shown that vegetable-based diets are extremely beneficial. Plant-based nutrition has been linked to cardiovascular health as well as an overall decrease in general mortality. More and more Americans are moving away from the “Sweets and Meats” diet offered by mainstream fast-food culture and are looking for more nutritious options, so the number of vegans and vegetarians has been gradually increasing.
Due to the rise of vegan/vegetarianism, the Mayo Clinic reviewed the scientific literature on the subject. They concluded that a vegan diet is healthy, but it must be well-planned to ensure vegans are getting their key nutrients, pointing out that a lot of vegans still eat unhealthy, processed foods.
The nutrients they are most likely to be missing from their diets are vitamin B-12, iron, calcium, vitamin D, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Luckily, The AIM Companies offers vegan sources for almost all of those nutrients.
1. Vitamin B-12 from Peak Endurance –50% RDA (Certified Vegan)
2. Iron from CoCoa LeafGreens –28% RDA (Certified Vegan)
3. Calcium and Vitamin D from CalciAIM–38% and 70% RDA respectively (Certified Vegan)
4. Protein from ProPeas–12 grams per serving (Certified Vegan)