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Plant-Based Nutritional Health: Can You Answer These Seven Questions?

March 17, 2023

Want to eat a plant-based diet and still ensure that you’re not missing any key nutrients?

Then make sure you can answer these seven, essential questions:

  1. What is your preferred source of vitamin B12?
  2. What is your preferred source of iron?
  3. What is your preferred source of essential fatty acids?
  4. What is your preferred source of calcium?
  5. What is your preferred source of zinc?
  6. What is your preferred source of vitamin D?
  7. What are your preferred sources of complete proteins?

While these questions are often difficult for patients to answer, they can be almost as difficult for practitioners

Whether you’re a patient or a practitioner, learn more by reading Nutritional Assessment of the Symptomatic Patient on a Plant-Based Diet: Seven Key Questions

This article was written for the Nutrients medical journal by our Founder and Medical Director Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP along with MPM colleagues Linda Dobberstein, DC, DACBN, DCBCN and Susan Raatz, PhD, MPH, RD

L-R: Susan Raatz, PhD, MPH, RD; Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP; and Linda Dobberstein, DC, DACBN, DCBCN

“The medical literature clearly demonstrates that whole food plant-based diets can be both nutritionally sufficient and medically beneficial. However, any person on an intentionally restrictive, but poorly-designed diet may predispose themselves to clinically-relevant nutritional deficiencies.”

After more than two years of significant effort in the writing of this article and 239 references, it is comprehensive and detailed. Its goal is to empower patients to know as much or more than their practitioners who likely did not have this topic covered well in their education.

Minnesota Personalized Medicine invested in the article’s publishing to ensure that the article is publicly and freely available on the journal website. It is not restricted to only those with a paid subscription. This is to support, in part, our mission of sharing our insights with those who cannot come to our clinic.

Click HERE to read the full article and HERE to learn more about What We Do.