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Should vegans take a multivitamin?

Posted on August 31, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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QUESTION: I’m a vegan and I want to know if I should be taking a daily multivitamin supplement.

VRG Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, answers this question in her Nutrition Hotline column in the latest issue of Vegetarian Journal. Her response to this question starts off with:

As a vegan, you should be able to meet your needs for most nutrients from foods. Eating a variety of whole plant foods is a good practice, both because it’s a simple way to get needed nutrients and because of the other benefits that go along with a plant-based diet. That said, there may be occasional days when your food choices aren’t ideal; using a multivitamin/mineral supplement on those days can be better than nothing. Of course, supplements don’t take the place of a healthy diet.

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