Welcome to the website for “Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition” and  “Becoming Vegan: Express Edition” – award winning books that immediately became classics in plant-based nutrition.  (Both by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, Book Publishing Co.) We are delighted that you stopped by and hope that you thoroughly enjoy your visit!

Whether you’re moving towards a plant-based diet for your health, out of concern for the environment, or to avoid contributing to the suffering of animals, “Becoming Vegan: Express Edition” is the resource that you will keep coming back to. It answers all the questions you, your family and your friends might have about vegan health and nutrition. If you are a health professional or a person who is looking for in-depth information, “Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition” provides the detail you are looking for.

These books set the standard on plant-based nutrition, with exhaustive analysis and full referencing. In both editions, internationally acclaimed vegan dietitians and speakers Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina present the latest findings on the following:

• using plant foods to protect against chronic diseases
• obtaining sufficient protein without meat, eggs, or dairy products
• maintaining a healthy weight and discovering the keys to fitness
• ensuring a healthy pregnancy and while breast-feeding, on a plant-based diet
• designing balanced vegan diets for infants, children, and seniors

• incorporating “good” fats and learning where to find them
• meeting calcium needs without dairy products
• maintaining excellent vitamin B12 status.
• new evidence of the health benefits of a vegan diet
• a comprehensive food guide.

Vesanto Melina is lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ very recent position paper on Vegetarian Diets. Abstract and full paper in PDF.

Recent articles written by Vesanto Melina for Common Ground

Dairy-free and well nourished!

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There are many good reasons to embrace a diary-free diet: Human health: Most of the world’s population has some degree of lactase insufficiency or lactose intolerance after the age of weaning and milk protein is one of the top allergens. The environment: Pleasant,

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Explore veggie meetup groups

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Some people from Winnipeg call our fair city “Vegcouver.” One good reason is that when we search the helpful, plant-based eating guide, www.happycow.net, for Vancouver BC, we find no less than 244 listings. These include vegan, vegetarian

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Plant-based Food Prep.

Nutrispeak By Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian As a dietitian, I learned a lot about which foods rated highest in folate or vitamin C, and what made beans, peas and lentils the nutritional superstars they are. Yet my training did

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Three Great Ways to Start Your Day

Nutrispeak By Vesanto Melina and Julia Murray Breakfast! This can be an exciting reason to get up in the morning. (Then again, others prefer to wait until noon.) Whatever your preference, these ideas can inspire you to love breaking that

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Coconut Oil: Menace or Miracle?

Nutrispeak By Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis Few foods have been at once maligned and acclaimed as much as coconut oil. Some view it as a notorious health villain, with an even greater concentration of saturated fat than butter or

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Vegan Kid Alert

Nutrispeak by Vesanto Melina and Gillian Meghan Walters Children tend to gravitate to animals and love them. Adults guide them to care for companion animals; to love, feed, and pamper dogs and cats and make sure they are not harmed. At the

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Meat Subsidies: We’re Paying Double

Nutrispeak by Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian Our annual subsidies to Canadian farmers have ranged from 6.9 billion dollars (in 2011) to more than 8 billion dollars. Primary beneficiaries from our tax dollars are beef, pork, poultry, egg, and dairy producers.

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The clips below address nutrients on plant-based diets; protein, vitamin B12, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as the whole grain hierarchy with Registered Dietitian Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina.  They also feature some of the advocacy that Vesanto and Brenda do.