Nutrients of Concern
Everyone needs to pay attention to their diet to ensure that they are getting adequate nutrients. This is true whether you are an omnivore or if you are strictly plant-based. For omnivores nutrients that are often lacking include fiber, calcium, folate, iodine, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin E. For those following a strictly plant-based diet vitamin B12, calcium and iodine are often not obtained in adequate amounts.
Please make sure that you review the following nutrients to ensure that you are meeting your needs while following a plant-based diet:
Check out this video by Dr. Greger discussing the topic of nutrient deficiencies among omnivores vs. vegans:
The following pages provide you with a basic overview of individual essential nutrients including the amounts needed and plant-based food sources for each nutrient. References used to source this data can be found at the bottom of this page. The information on these pages and throughout this website is geared towards adults. For specific nutrient information regarding infants, children, pregnancy and lactation please check out the tables developed by the Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board by clicking here.
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