Veganuary has just ended and it was very successful, judging by the fact that Nature & Moi cheese completely sold out in my local Tesco! It’s wonderful to see so many people trying veganism, but it’s important to remind anyone transitioning to keep on top of their health.
A well-planned vegan diet leads to healthy, happy people at any age. However, if you’re transitioning and you’re just winging it, you may find yourself lacking in a few key nutrients, namely B12 and omega 3 DHA.
Well, The Vegan Society has your back!
They’ve just released a new app called VNutrition, which will help beginners (and even veteran vegans) keep on track of their health and make sure they’re getting all the nutrients they need.
The app was developed by The Vegan Society’s in-house dietitian, Heather, who specialises in vegan nutrition. Fun fact: She is the only registered dietitian employed by a vegan organisation in the UK!
Speaking about the app, she said, “The Vegan Society is striving to provide high quality and accessible information about nutrition, and I’m delighted to have been involved in developing VNutrition.
“Our alliance with the British Dietetic Association shows just how committed we are to providing reliable education about vegan nutrition and sharing the message that well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages.
“The app is based on UK guidelines about healthy eating and the best available evidence around vegan nutrition, and we hope it will help a large number of vegans and the vegan-curious.”
The app features handy hints and colourful illustrations that bring to life the basic principles of vegan nutrition, helping users to learn about portion sizes, getting their 5-a-day, hitting their targets for protein, calcium and omega-3 fat, and ensuring appropriate supplementation.
A simple checklist enables users to assess their nutritional intake, and a progress graph and personalised tips help them to identify areas for improvement.
It can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple store now.