Which is healthier: A vegan diet, or the standard American diet?


What is the difference between the two? Which diet can lead to a healthier lifestyle

Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Feb 05, 2018     Views: 4

Good question! To make your decision, you'll want to start by defining a vegan diet and a "standard American diet", and then look to the nutritional benefits of each. You might also want to limit your discussion to adults, since kids have special nutritional requirements.

I suggest you start with the Library catalog at Enter your search terms and then use the toolbar on the left side to limit to full text and the format you want, for example, peer reviewed articles or books. Also use the toolbar to limit your dates to the last 5 or 10 years. Good search terms include

  • vegan AND nutrition
  • omnivorous AND nutrition (this one is good for the standard American diet)
  • nutrition AND health

Choosing peer reviewed articles, you'll see results like

  • Key, T. (2006). Health effects of vegetarian and vegan diets. The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 65(1), 35-41. doi:10.1079/PNS2005481
  • Clarys, P., Deriemaeker, P., Huybrechts, I., Hebbelinck, M., & Mullie, P.  (2013). Dietary pattern analysis: A comparison between matched vegetarian and omnivorous subjects. Nutrition Journal, 12, 82-82. doi:10.1186/1475-2891-12-82

Choosing books will return some great titles including

  • Menza, V., & Probart, C. (2013). Eating well for good health : Lessons on nutrition and healthy diets. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. (this is a book)

Good luck with your research!

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