Veganism and Vegetarianism: Are they healthy?

Nutritionist and Public Health Advocate

Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Nestle received her BA, PhD, and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1988, Nestle was appointed Chair of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. She held that position until 2004, when she became the Paulette Goddard Professor in the same department.

Nestle is the author of numerous books, including "Food Politics," which explored the way corporations influence our nutritional choices, and "What to Eat," an survey of how to navigate the modern American supermarket. Aside from her books and teaching, Nestle writes a popular blog for the Atlantic Food Channel. 


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Marion Nestle: Oh absolutely.  There’s nothing wrong with vegetarian diets, and there’s nothing wrong with vegan diets.  And people who eat those kinds of diets are often healthier than people who don’t because they’re eating a lot . . .  They’re doing exactly what my advice is.  They’re eating less.  They’re moving more.  They’re eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  And they’re certainly not eating much junk food, so they’re healthier.