British Professor Says “Vegan Diet Can Have Serious Repercussions For Pregnant Women” – Totally Vegan Buzz

A healthy vegan diet is actually high in nutrients and energy, evidence shows, debunking the professor’s claims that pregnant women are at risk.

A “vegan diet can have serious repercussions for pregnant women” – says a new headline that surfaced this week to once again cast doubt on the benefits of eating vegan.

Briefing Berkshire Live quoted Professor Ian Givens of the University of Reading, who says a vegan diet could lead to potential health risks, particularly those associated with young women and pregnant women.

His conflicting comments come despite a large body of evidence indicating that a vegan diet can provide everything you need.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also stated its position on vegan diets. He deemed it appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy, childhood and adolescence.

What is the best diet?

According to the professor, the best diet is an “omnivorous” diet, as a plant-based diet lacks several important nutrients.

For example, it lacks iodine – commonly found in cow’s milk – and this can have “serious effects on the nervous system” for pregnant women.

Indeed, dietary iodine is necessary for the synthesis of thyroid hormones. Thus, a decrease in the production of thyroid hormones can lead to weight gain and fatigue.

“Milk is generally the greatest source of dietary iodine,” Givens told the outlet, and dietary issues “are likely due to reduced milk intake among young women.”

He added: “The main concern in Europe these days is the suboptimal iodine status of women during pregnancy, especially the first three months when the fetus is unable to produce its own thyroid hormones.

“Suboptimal iodine status in pregnancy is now much more common than previously thought and there are six observational studies worldwide (one in the UK) showing an association between suboptimal -optimal iodine during pregnancy and the cognitive development of the following children.

Professor Givens also said that iron is another nutrient that is lacking in vegan diets and that iron supplements have “lower bioavailability” which is why he recommends meat, lots of fiber and all the nutrients necessary such as zinc as well as magnesium and calcium. found in dairy products.

A healthy diet is “one that provides all the necessary nutrients in adequate amounts,” the professor said.

“So all of this is easier to address with an omnivorous diet, but provided the risks are understood and adequately addressed, vegetarian and vegan diets can work.”

“A healthy and balanced vegan diet contains all the nutrients your body needs”

Despite the professor’s claims, leading health bodies agree that a healthy vegan diet can provide all the nutrients you need while reducing your risk of all major lifestyle diseases including heart disease, diabetes type II and certain cancers.

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) states: “With proper planning and an understanding of what constitutes a healthy and balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs.”

Also, it’s a myth that you need meat and dairy to get iron and iodine.

Iodine is found in many plant foods. However, the amount varies depending on the iodine levels in the soil in which they are grown.

Good plant sources include sea vegetables (arame, wakame, and nori) and iodized salt.

Iron is also found in several plant foods such as dark green leafy vegetables and whole grains such as quinoa, whole-wheat pasta, and whole-grain bread.

Additionally, legumes like lentils, tofu, baked beans, kidney beans, and peas are good sources of iron. Seeds such as pumpkin, sesame and tahini, as well as dried fruits also contain iron.

Other studies

A 2016 EPIC-Oxford study, compared the diets of more than 18,000 meat eaters, 4,500 fish eaters, 6,600 vegetarians and 800 vegans to study differences in dietary intakes.

Researchers found that vegans not only had the highest iron intake, but also the highest intake of magnesium, polyunsaturated (healthy) fats, fiber, vitamins C and E, folate and copper.

A separate study 2020, carried out by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and School of Medicine, revealed that foods rich in folic acid, vitamin b12 and omega-3 fatty acids have a positive effect on fertility.

Meanwhile, diets high in trans fats, red and processed meats, potatoes, sweets and sugary drinks negatively impacted fertility.

While it’s crucial to stick to healthy habits during your pregnancy, don’t let “scary studies” or biased opinions keep you from doing what you know is right.

Those looking for help in formulating their diet to include all necessary nutrients can refer to Viva! Fabulous Female Fertility and Pregnancy Wall Chart for more information.

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