What About A Vegan Diet?

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) A vegan diet is a plant-based diet where you don't eat any animal products, including milk, cheese and eggs.

Experts say a vegan diet can be a healthy lifestyle choice, but you have to make sure you're getting all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to perform.

Dietitians say people eating a vegan diet can fall short in things like vitamin B12, calcium and protein.

They say the key to a healthy vegan diet is being aware of the
plant-based sources that contain these items.

For instance, dark green, leafy vegetables are a good source of calcium, and beans and grains are packed with protein.

It may also be a good idea to speak with a dietitian who has either been vegan or is vegan to find out what he or she eats day to day.

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