More and more people are going vegan each day, yet there are still many misconceptions circulating about vegans and a plant-based lifestyle. That’s why it’s so important to get educated and form an own opinion. Here are some of my favorite vegan books that can (hopefully) help answer any questions you may have. Wether you’re interested in the health and nutritional aspect of veganism or want to learn more about the environmental impact of industrial animal agriculture, these books will provide you with plenty of information and resources.
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Vegan For Life: Everything You Need To Know To Be Healthy And Fit On A Plant-Based Diet
by Jack Norris and Virginia Messin
It covers everything from a six-step transition plan to meeting calorie and nutrient needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Vegan for Life is a comprehensive guide for optimal plant-based nutrition, complete with an easy-to-use food chart, tasty substitutions, sample menus, and expansive resources.
The China Study
by T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The China Study is the most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.
How Not To Die
by Michael Greger, M.D.
How Not To Die gives effective, scientifically-proven nutritional advice to prevent the biggest killers – heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes – and reveals the astounding health benefits that simple dietary choices can provide. Dr. Michael Greger examines each of the most common diseases, chapter by chapter, and reveals what, how and why different foods affect us and how increasing our consumption of certain foods and avoiding others can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease.
Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure
by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M. D.
Based on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects. The proof lies in the incredible outcomes for patients who have followed his program, including a number of patients in his original study who had been told by their cardiologists that they had less than a year to live. Within months of starting the program, all Dr. Esselstyn’s patients began to improve dramatically, and twenty years later, they remain free of symptoms.
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs
by Neal D. Barnard, M. D.
Until Dr. Barnard’s scientific breakthrough, most health professionals believed that once you developed diabetes, you were stuck with it – but this is simply not true. In a series of studies Dr. Barnard has shown that it is possible to repair insulin function and reverse type 2 diabetes. By following his program, diabetics can control blood sugar three times more effectively than with the standard diet; and cut back on and in some cases even eliminate medications while reducing the risk of diabetes complications.
by T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names, beyond a few like vitamin C, are unfamiliar to us, and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health. But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isn’t nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole. Because almost every chemical can affect every other chemical, there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences. And that’s just from an apple.
The traditional “gold standard” of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or pre-packaged dinners that is “good” for us, but they provide little insight into how those chemicals contribute to our health. In Whole, Dr. T. Colin Campbell uncovers how and why there is so much confusion about food and health and what can be done about it.
The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!
by John Mcdougall, M. D.
From Atkins to Dukan, fear of the almighty carb has taken over the diet industry for the past few decades. But the truth is, carbs are not the enemy. Dr. John A. McDougall and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, prove that a starch-rich diet can actually help readers lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases. Fueling the body primarily with carbohydrates rather than proteins and fats, can leave you more satisfied, energized and feeling better.
No Meat Athlete
by Matt Frazier and Matthew Ruscigno
This book combines proven training approaches, motivational stories, and innovative recipes. Matt Frazier provides practical advice and tips on how to transition to a plant-based diet while getting all the nutrition you need; uses the power of habit to make those changes last; and offers up menu plans for high performance, endurance, and recovery.
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide For Ultimate Performance In Sports And Life
by Brendan Brazier
Thrive is a long-term eating plan to help all athletes (professional or not) develop a lean body, sharp mind, and everlasting energy. As one of the few professional athletes on a plant-based diet, Brendan Brazier researched and developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance competitor. With this program, you can lower body fat and increase muscle tone; diminish visible signs of aging; increase energy and mental clarity; sleep better and more restfully.
World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony
by Will Tuttle, PhD
The choices we make about food today are leading to environmental degradation, enormous human health problems, and unimaginable cruelty toward our fellow creatures. The World Peace Diet presents the outlines of a more empowering understanding of our world, based on comprehending the far-reaching implications of our food choices. Will Tuttle offers a set of universal principles for all people of conscience, from any religious tradition, that show how we as a species can move our consciousness forward–allowing us to become more free, more intelligent, more loving, and happier in the choices we make.
by Jonathan Safran Foer
Eating Animals presents the gut-wrenching truth about the price paid by the environment, the government, the Third World and the animals themselves in order to put meat on our tables more quickly and conveniently than ever before. It is as much a novelistic account of an intellectual journey as it is a fresh and open look at the ethical debate around meat-eating.
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, And Wear Cows: An Introduction To Carnism
by Melanie Joy
This work offers an absorbing look at why and how humans can so wholeheartedly devote themselves to certain animals and then allow others to suffer needlessly, especially those slaughtered for consumption.
Melanie Joy explores the many ways we numb ourselves and disconnect from our natural empathy for farmed animals. She coins the term “carnism” to describe the belief system that has conditioned us to eat certain animals and not others.