Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

2017

School

School of Nursing

Major

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Keywords

veganism, plant-based, vegan, diet, women, nutrient deficiency, pregnancy, coconut oil, meat, dairy, eggs, health

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Public Health | Women's Health

Abstract

There are many health benefits of consuming a vegan diet. It is associated with a decreased incidence of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, and a variety of cancers. Despite its numerous benefits, there are several concerns for consumers of a vegan diet, including nutrient deficiency and cardiovascular risk associated with consumption of coconut oil. However, many nutrients of highest concern, such as calcium and protein, are not needed in as high amounts as is commonly believed and recommended. Moreover, it is possible for vegans to obtain adequate nutrition with proper education despite restriction of animal products. Coconut oil consumption as part of a plant-based diet is not associated with the development of cardiovascular disease despite its high saturated fatty acid content. Overall, a vegan diet is an effective mode of treatment and prevention for chronic diseases, and women across the lifespan can obtain adequate nutrition while consuming a plant-based diet.

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