Ask the Dietitian: Healthy Fats for Kids

Q: My husband and I eat a very low-fat vegan diet, but our pediatrician wants our 2-year-old daughter to include foods like peanut butter and vegetable oils in her diet. Is it safe for kids to eat these higher-fat foods? [Question featured for Every Kid Healthy week.]  Ginny Messina, R.D.: 

Meeting Nutrient Needs on a V-licious Diet

By Ginny Messina, RD. If you’re leaning toward a more plant-based diet, you might feel a little uncertain about meeting your nutrient needs. Don’t worry – you can get everything you need from a V-licious diet. But if it’s new territory for you, these seven guidelines can help. 1. Eat

Ask the Dietitian: Eating White?

Q: I know you’re supposed to “eat a rainbow” and choose fruits and vegetables that have bright colors. Does that mean that vegetables like cauliflower and parsnips aren’t good for you? I love them both. Ginny Messina, R.D.:  Yes, cauliflower and parsnips are good for you! So are turnips, onions, and

Ask the Dietitian: Do I Have To Worry About Vitamin B12?

Q: I’ve heard that most cases of vitamin B12 deficiency have nothing to do with diet but are due to problems with vitamin B12 absorption. And therefore, meat eaters are just as likely to have B12 deficiency as vegans. Is this true? Ginny Messina, R.D.: It’s true that problems with

Ask the Dietitian: Which plant milks provide the best nutrition?

Almond Milk

Q: Which plant milks provide the best nutrition? Ginny Messina, R.D.: Replacing cow’s milk with almond, soy, hempseed, or any other plant milk is an incredibly easy way to reduce intake of animal foods. Pour them over your breakfast cereal or substitute them ounce-for-ounce in place of cow’s  milk in baked

Ask the Dietitian: How Much and What Kinds of Soy Do People in Asia Eat?

Smoky Tofu Bacon

Q: I eat tofu almost every day and often have a little bit of soymilk in a smoothie. But I recently saw a YouTube video that said we should eat soy foods more like people in Asia do, where they mostly eat fermented soy and use it only condiment style. Now

Ask the Dietitian: Should I Eat Nuts?

Q: I generally avoid nuts because they are high in fat, but I recently heard that they help prevent heart disease. Is that true? Ginny Messina, R.D.: Yes, it’s true. Adding nuts to meals can make your heart-healthy vegan diet even healthier. Nuts seem to provide a fairly unique combination of factors

Ask the Dietician: Vitamin A

Q: Is Vitamin A from Plant Foods as Good as Vitamin A from Meat and Milk? Ginny Messina, R.D.: While plant foods don’t contain active vitamin A, it’s easy to get plenty of this nutrient on a vegan diet. Fruits and vegetables provide compounds called carotenoids that the body turns into vitamin

Ask the Dietitian: Overall Health

Can I actually be healthy on a vegan diet?

Ask the Dietician: Iron

Q: Which plant foods supply iron?