Is it healthy to be a vegan?

With the exception of vitamin B12, which comes mainly from animal foods like meat or eggs, a vegan diet can cover most people’s nutritional needs.

Strict vegans eliminate all animal foods, including eggs, for various reasons, but one of the major motivators is a concern for animal welfare.

However, it takes some planning to get enough of certain nutrients like vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and iron.

Vegans who include eggs in their diet may have an easier time closing the gap on all of these nutrients. One large, whole egg provides small amounts of all of these nutrients, along with some high quality protein.

What’s more, a “vegan” diet can be helpful for certain vegan populations who are at a higher risk of nutritional deficiencies, such as children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.