(Reuters Health) - Postmenopausal vegans and meat-eaters may have similar bone density, despite vegans' lower calcium and protein intake, a small study suggests.
Vegan diets are free of all animal products, including eggs and dairy; one concern has been that female vegans might not get enough of certain nutrients, including calcium, to maintain a healthy bone mass.
However, in the new study, researchers found that Buddhist nuns -- who follow a strict vegan diet free of all animal products -- had bone mass that was comparable to women their age who ate meat.(Read entire article)
A study comparing the bone health of 105 post-menopausal vegan Buddhist nuns and 105 non-vegetarian women, matched in every other physical respect, has produced a surprising result. Their bone density was identical.
The study was led by Professor
Tuan Nguyen from