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Cover for the book, Becoming Vegan. Features an array of illustrated vegetables on a white background.

Becoming Vegan

Authors: Brenda Davis & Vesanto Melina · Subject: Nutrition


The authors of The New Becoming Vegetarian explore the benefits of a vegan diet (eating without meat, eggs or dairy products). More people are realizing the impact of their nutritional choices on their health, the environment, animal rights, and human hunger.

As registered dietitians, Davis and Melina are well-qualified to provide information on how a vegan diet can protect against chronic illnesses, how to obtain all the protein and calcium you need without meat or dairy products, as well as the importance of Vitamin B12 and good fats in vegan diets. They also show how to construct balanced diets for infants through seniors, offer pregnancy and breastfeeding tips for vegan moms, advise on how to achieve optimal weight, and give tips on how to deal gracefully with a non-vegan world.

About the Authors

Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world.

Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D., was trained at the University of Toronto and the University of London, England, and taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Seattle’s Bastyr University. She was an author of the joint position paper on vegetarian diets for Dietitians of Canada and the American Dietetics Association (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and coordinated the vegetarian section of their Manual of Clinical Dietetics.


“All I can say is “Bravo!” This is the definitive work on vegan nutrition and I can heartily recommend it to all. A magnificent job presenting up-to-date information on this most important subject. To say that I wish you success in this work would be the understatement of the decade.” – Michael Klaper

“A new book by two registered dietitians (one the chair of the ADA’s Vegetarian Practice Group and the other a coordinator of the vegetarian section of the Manual of Clinical Dietetics) is one of the most comprehensive, interesting and inspiring books ever published on vegan diets. Ranging from a fascinating history of the vegetarian and vegan movements from the 19th century to the most scientifically accurate studies from the late 1990’s, Becoming Vegan is a wonderful book on many counts. A note from the authors at the beginning of the book declares “Every step you take towards a more compassionate world is one of celebration.” Then the entire 281 pages of this user friendly book is full of facts, figures, research results, nutrient counts, tables, side bars and recipes that will turn even the most skeptical reader toward a more plant-based diet – truly reason to celebrate. A chapter on vegan diplomacy offers advice for vegans in a non-vegetarian world. A chapter on raising children as vegans offers reassuring data from scores of studies. Whole chapters devoted to fats, carbohydrates, and minerals answer every conceivable question about which foods in our diets contribute to health and which detract from it. Be sure to get two copies of this book—one to send to your relatives who worry about the way you eat and one to keep handy on the most accessible shelf in your house.” — Patti Breitman


Cover for the book, Becoming Vegan. Features an array of illustrated vegetables on a white background.

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