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Expert nutrition advice

Here at The Vegan Society, we’re passionate about vegan living, and want everyone to know that a well-planned vegan diet is a nutritious option. However, we understand that it can be difficult to tell the difference between good advice and nutritional misinformation.

The Vegan Society has formed an important alliance with the British Dietetic Association (BDA). The BDA is the professional association for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It’s the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members. By combining their strengths, both organisations are committed to reaching out to members of the public, health professionals and service providers with reliable information about vegan nutrition.

The BDA recognises that well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages. Here are some of the highlights of our Memorandum of Understanding:

Both organisations will “work together to show that it is possible to follow a well-planned, plant-based, vegan-friendly diet that supports healthy living in people of all ages, and during pregnancy and breastfeeding” …and… “promote reliable, evidence based advice on a healthy vegan diet to members of the public, services users and medical professionals.”

The growing interest in sustainability and plant-based eating within the dietetic profession has led to the establishment of the BDA’s Plant Based Nutrition Group. This specialist group endeavours to support dietitians with up-to-date information about meeting nutritional needs by choosing plant-based alternatives to meat and other animal products. It plans to tackle tough topics such as requirements during illness, medications and nutritional supplements.  

Vegan Society Dietitian Heather has created a range of resources to help people learn more about vegan nutrition. As a health professional specialising in this area, she helps The Vegan Society to share sound messages about vegan diets, and provides education to members of the public, health professionals and service providers. In this way, The Vegan Society strives to be an authority on vegan nutrition.

The Vegan Society encourages anyone with dietary concerns to ask their doctor for a referral to a dietitian.