Alle de store kostholds- og helseorganisasjonene i verden er enige om at plantebasert, vegansk og vegetarisk kosthold er like sunt som en altetende diet gjort riktig. Her har vi bare utdrag fra noen av verdens helseorganisasjoner.
Helsedirektoratet posisjon på plantebasert, vegansk og vegetarisk kosthold
«Vegetarkost er forbundet med lavere risiko for blant annet overvekt, hjerte- og karsykdommer, diabetes og kreft. En balansert og variert vegetarkost egner seg for individer i alle livsfaser, inkludert under svangerskap, ved amming, i spedbarnsperioden, for barn og unge og for idrettsutøvere.»
«Et vegankosthold kan settes sammen slik at det gir tilstrekkelig av alle næringsstoffer.»Helsedirektoratet
Andre helseorgenisasjoners posisjon på plantebasert kosthold
- It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes.
- A healthy vegan diet can meet all your nutrient needs at any stage of life including when you are pregnant, breastfeeding or for older adults.
- With good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs.
- A well-planned, balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can be nutritionally adequate ... Studies of UK vegetarian and vegan children have revealed that their growth and development are within the normal range.
- Vegan diets are a type of vegetarian diet, where only plant-based foods are eaten. With good planning, those following a vegan diet can cover all their nutrient bases, but there are some extra things to consider.
- Vegetarian diets (see context) can meet all the recommendations for nutrients. The key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs. Follow the food group recommendations for your age, sex, and activity level to get the right amount of food and the variety of foods needed for nutrient adequacy. Nutrients that vegetarians may need to focus on include protein, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12.
- Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthy and nutritionally adequate. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle. Those following a strict vegetarian or vegan diet can meet nutrient requirements as long as energy needs are met and an appropriate variety of plant foods are eaten throughout the day
- A well-planned vegetarian diet (see context) can meet the needs of people of all ages, including children, teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. The key is to be aware of your nutritional needs so that you plan a diet that meets them.
- Vegetarian diets (see context) can provide all the nutrients you need at any age, as well as some additional health benefits.
- Traditionally, research into vegetarianism focused mainly on potential nutritional deficiencies, but in recent years, the pendulum has swung the other way, and studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.
- Well planned vegetarian diets (see context) can be nutritious and healthy. They are associated with lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, certain cancers and lower cholesterol levels. This could be because such diets are lower in saturated fat, contain fewer calories and more fiber and phytonutrients/phytochemicals (these can have protective properties) than non-vegetarian diets. (...) Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of life and have many benefits.