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    It is safe for a male to become vegan?

    I'm a male in my early thirties who plays sport and works out regularly. A friend has been encouraging me to go vegan, however I've heard that drinking Soy milk will increase estrogen in men.

    Is it safe for me to become a vegan and will it make it too difficult to get protein?
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  • Clare Wolski

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I'm Clare and I'm a passionate Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD). I love empowering people with good nutrition information so they can make the best decisions ... View Profile

    Hi, 

    As Mark mentioned, many people can acheive a healthy diet and active lifestyle, while maintaining the philosophy of veganism. 

    When moving towards a vegan diet it is important to consider how we will consume adequate levels of the nutrients we usually source from animal products. These include protein, iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12. 

    There are many plant based sources of these nutrients. For example, legumes are a good plant based sources of protien which are also high in fibre and iron. As Mark mentioned some nutrients such as vitamin B12 may require supplementation or fortification as they are harder to access from plants. 

    Also, people become vegan for a variety of health and ethical reasons. I think its good to consider whether becoming vegan is something that you really want do, for you own reason's.

    Working with and Accredited Practising Dietitan can help you to establish what your goals are, what your nutrient requirements are and how to get there in the healthiest way. 

    I hope this was helpful. 

    Clare Wolski
    Accredited Practising Dietitian
    www.healthyeatinghub.com.au/

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