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Parade Magazine featured CHP Professor and Founding Director of Nutrition Programs Christen Cupples Cooper in "What Does It Actually Mean to Be a Vegetarian vs a Vegan? We Got the Experts to Break It Down"

04/08/2021

Parade Magazine featured CHP Professor and Founding Director of Nutrition Programs Christen Cupples Cooper in "What Does It Actually Mean to Be a Vegetarian vs a Vegan? We Got the Experts to Break It Down"

Whole food vegan diet

This diet is gaining in popularity, too, focuses on minimally processed vegan foods, and excludes refined foods like added sugars and oils. Something to be aware of is that many of the best sources of vegan B12 are from fortified foods, which are processed. If a person following this dietary pattern will only eat whole foods, special attention to B12 must be taken and supplements may need to be considered.

“It’s worth noting that some foods are more nutritious when cooked,” Dr. Christen Cupples Cooper, EdD, RD  and  Founding Director of Nutrition Programs, College of Health Professions, Pace University, explains. “An example of this is tomato sauce. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that can help prevent prostate cancer in men. Lycopene is more potent in cooked tomatoes than in raw tomatoes. Eating whole foods should be the basis of any diet, whether vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous. Whole foods provide all of the components of food that work together to confer health benefits.”

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