This book will give you a thorough understanding of the basic components of human nutrition and answer many questions you have about following a plant-based, vegan diet. It is written in textbook format with 18 study units followed by practice tests. The book ends by giving you the option of taking three written tests to receive a “Certificate of Educational Achievement in Vegan Nutrition” from The Association of Vegetarian Dietitians and Nutrition Educators. It is important to mention that this book will not qualify you to give professional advice. The intent is you will be able to leave with “practical knowledge of appropriate human diets and enough scientific basis to be able to critically read and converse in academic nutrition circles”, as Eisman states himself.
The introduction gives you an understanding of the science of nutrition and offers several reasons why someone would choose to follow a vegan diet, from various ethical and religious beliefs to alternative medical beliefs.
Topics discussed in the textbook include, but are not limited to: Protein (Quality and Quantity), Carbohydrates, Fiber, Lipids (Fats and Oils), Digestion & Absorption, Weight Control, Fat-Soluble Vitamines, Water-Soluble Vitamins, Major Minerals I, Major Minerals II & Water, Trace Minerals, Vegan Foods I & II, Diet-Related Chronic Disease I & II, Life Cycles & Veganism, and a Summary of the Risks & Benefits of Vegan Diets.
I found this book so fascinating that I read the entire thing in two “baby naptime” sessions! If you aren’t extremely nerdy like myself, or if you simply don’t feel like reading a textbook on nutrition, I still highly recommend you read the introduction and first two units on protein, since that seems to cause the biggest misconceptions with food. Plus, once you read the beginning you won’t be able to stop reading to the end.
Eisman is very passionate about vegan nutrition and you should be able to follow along easily. The book is written as if you have no prior knowledge in nutrition, SO I recommend that you set aside anything and everything you think you might know about nutrition until after you’ve finished the book. This way you will be able to read with a clear mind and learn more without your brain saying, “But I thought…” or “No way, this is just vegan propaganda.”
Nonetheless, I promise you will learn a ton of valuable information whether you eat meat, dairy, eggs, or plants! So, if you are ready to explore nutrition and understand the interactions between food and your body, get A Guide to Vegan Nutrition and start reading!
P.S. If you are a vegetarian of any sort and get criticized or constantly questioned for your logic behind your diet, you want this book.
P.S.S. If the constant criticism from everyone around you makes you question whether a vegetarian diet is truly healthy, you want this book.
P.S.S.S. If you are a mother raising your children on a vegetarian diet, you want this book, so you can tell people who hate on you to shove it. –> Only the haters though, not meat eaters in general! 😉
P.S.S.S.S. Oh and can I just mention one more thing? This book was published by Vegan Publishers and they gave me this book free in exchange for an honest Amazon review. So I did the Amazon review and because I loved the book so much I had to share it with all of you here too! They also sent me the three vegetarian-themed children’s books to share with you as well. If you have kids, you will want to check out my review on those too!