A vegan diet, sometimes called a plant-based diet, consists solely of plants and foods made from non-animal. Any food that comes from animal sources, such as meat, eggs, dairy or honey, is excluded.
Theory[edit | edit source]
A vegan or plant-based diet can be helpful for people with food sensitivities which are common in ME/CFS, for example lactose intolerance, egg or dairy allergies, because these foods are excluded from vegan diets. It is not necessary to eat any particular food, making it suitable for people with soya or nut allergies.
A review of dietary studies found that "biomarkers of inflammation were almost all meat-based or "Western" patterns", and the opposite was true for diets rich in fruit and vegetables that did not include meat.
Evidence for a vegan diet[edit | edit source]
General effects[edit | edit source]
A balanced vegan diet is suitable for people of age any. A survey of people who went vegan for one month found that 66% reported noticing health benefits, 60% of those reported having more energy and over half reported improved mood or weight benefits.
Plant-based or vegan diets also reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, including ischaemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.
Chronic fatigue syndrome[edit | edit source]
Fibromyalgia[edit | edit source]
Costs and availability[edit | edit source]
Foods suitable for a healthy vegan diet are available anywhere in the world and include fruit, vegetables, lentils, beans including soya products, grains including bread products, nuts and seeds. Many ready meals are not suitable for people following a vegan diet; some vegan and vegetarian companies as well as some supermarket chains produce vegan ready meals or specialist vegan products although availability is limited in some areas.
Notable studies[edit | edit source]
- 2000, Vegan diet alleviates fibromyalgia symptoms (Full)
- 2013, Dietary pattern analysis and biomarkers of low-grade inflammation: a systematic literature review (Abstract)
- 2016, Plant-based diets: A physician's guide (Full)
Clinical use[edit | edit source]
Learn more[edit | edit source]
- Vegan Society
- Veganuary - try vegan for a month
- Health Benefits of Plant-based Diets: Science Reports on Vegans & Vegetarians
- Plant-based diets - British Dietician Association
- NHS Live Well - The vegan diet
- Wikipedia - Veganism
- Wikipedia - Vegan nutrition
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "The Vegan Society". The Vegan Society. Retrieved Nov 16, 2018.
- Barbaresko, Janett; Koch, Manja; Schulze, Matthias B.; Nöthlings, Ute (August 2013). "Dietary pattern analysis and biomarkers of low-grade inflammation: a systematic literature review". Nutrition Reviews. 71 (8): 511–527. doi:10.1111/nure.12035. ISSN 1753-4887. PMID 23865797.
- British Dietician Association. "British Dietician Association confirms vegan diet can support healthy living in people of all ages". Retrieved Nov 16, 2018.
- Veganuary. "Veganuary 2018: the results are in! - Veganuary". Veganuary. Retrieved Nov 16, 2018.
66% of respondents reported improvements to their health, including energy levels (60%), mood (57%), body weight (52%) and better skin appearance (49%)
- Hever, Julieanna (2016). "Plant-Based Diets: A Physician's Guide". The Permanente Journal. 20 (3): 93–101. doi:10.7812/TPP/15-082. ISSN 1552-5767. PMC . PMID 27400178.
- Kaartinen, K; Lammi, M; Hypen, M (January 2000). "Vegan diet alleviates fibromyalgia symptoms". Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology. 29 (5): 308–313. doi:10.1080/030097400447697. ISSN 0300-9742.
- British Dietician Association. "Plant-based diets" (PDF). Retrieved Nov 16, 2018.