5 vegan books you need to read

A crucial part of switching to a vegan diet is educating yourself on why you are doing it. 

There are loads of books out there that can help you understand more about the lifestyle and motivate you to continue with your Veganuary journey. 

Here are 5 of the most well-known. 

How Not To Die – Dr Michael Greger

Possibly the most well-known on the list, ‘How Not To Die’ by nutritionist, expert and physician, Michael Greger explores the top 15 causes of premature deaths in the US and looks at how we can help better our own health with a plant-based diet. 

Full of the latest research on health and nutrition, this book is the one to read if you’re looking to expand your knowledge on the implications your diet could be having on your health. 

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows – Melanie Joy

The clue is in the name with this one. Social psychologist Melanie Joy explores the psychology behind eating meat and how what she calls ‘carnism’ compares to the vegan lifestyle. 

The book has received mixed reviews, but it is certainly one that will get you thinking. 

The Forks Over Knives Plan – Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman

Packed full of nutrient-dense, plant-based recipes and advice, ‘The Forks Over Knives Plan’ takes the research gathered from the 2011 film and teaches how to make it into a lifestyle. 

The plan is super easy to follow and offers real-life examples of people who have adopted the vegan lifestyle. 

Becoming Vegan Express: The Everyday Guide to Plant-based Nutrition – Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

This book will offer guidance in constructing a balanced diet, whatever your age and health status, as well as providing top tips about how to obtain the necessary nutrients such as B12

Perfect for newbies to the vegan lifestyle, this book covers all the basics that you need to know about going vegan

How to go Vegan – Veganuary 

From the people behind Veganuary‘How to go Vegan’ is an accessible, practical guide about how you can make the vegan lifestyle work for you.

Not only does it explore the reasons why people go vegan, from the environment to health and ethical reasons, it also offers advice on food substitutes and how to get everything you need from a diet without animal products. 

Keep in mind when reading books such as these that they are not gospel, and many people have different thoughts and opinions regarding the vegan diet. Continue to ask questions and always be critical. 

Which is your favourite vegan book you think other people need to read?

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