Vegan Diet is Safe for Pregnant Women and Their Developing Babies
The meat-free lifestyle is a growing trend in the UK. In 2016 IPSOS MORI, one of the largest social research companies reported that there were about 1.05% adults who never eat meat or animal products. That is over 158,000 women aged between 16 and 50 years old.
The health advantages of a vegan diet for most people are clear. Traditional vegan diets are lower in saturated fats and cholesterol, and are higher in unrefined carbohydrates, soluble and insoluble fibre, folate, and antioxidants (such as vitamin C and E). People on this type of diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or high cholesterol and have a reduced risk of some cancers.
However, vegan diets can be low in important nutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and iodine. This can present health risks for women who are pregnant or planning to have a baby.
The following blogs will show how women following a vegan diet can make healthy changes to support her and her baby.