PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say vegans may be low on certain important nutrients.
Doctors say people who eat a strict plant-based diet, excluding all meat, dairy, fish and eggs, should have their levels of B-12, Iron, Calcium and other nutrients closely monitored.READ MORE: Timberwolves Spoil Embiid's 76ers Return With 2OT Victory
“We found that some of these nutrients, which can have implications in neurologic disorders, anemia, bone strength and other health concerns, can be deficient in poorly planned vegan diets,” says Heather Fields, M.D., Community and Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic.
The study found that some vegans rely heavily on processed foods and may not eat a sufficient variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.READ MORE: 'It's Just Too Much.' Neighbors Remember 51-Year-Old Gunned Down In Poplar
Contrary to popular belief, she says, “Vegans have not been shown to be deficient in protein intake or in any specific amino acids.”
The review was recently published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.MORE NEWS: Caught On Camera: Fire Rips Through Vacant Bar In Penns Grove, New Jersey