Becoming Vegan: Express Edition debunks paleo diet

Becoming Vegan: Express Edition

Forget the paleo diet—go vegan.

For years, many people looking for a solid resource on vegan nutrition have turned to Becoming Vegan, the 2000 book by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina. Well, those seeking the latest information will be glad to hear that the pair of B.C.-based registered dieticians—Davis lives in Kelowna and Melina resides in Langley—has updated that work.

In August, Book Publishing Company released Becoming Vegan: Express Edition. Subtitled “The Everyday Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition”, the 284-page book spans 14 chapters, which cover such topics as protein, vitamins, weight, pregnancy, seniors, and fitness. The final chapter is a vegan food guide.

Vesanto Melina

Becoming Vegan co-author Vesanto Melina also co-wrote Cooking Vegetarian. (Stephen Hui)

Interestingly, Davis and Melina devote two pages to the popular paleo diet, which purports to emulate how humans ate way back in the Paleolithic period of the Stone Age. Using nutrient-intake data, they show that the vegan diet is actually much closer to the true Paleolithic diet than the new paleo diet. That’s because, the authors argue, the meat and vegetables eaten at the present differ greatly from those consumed by Paleolithic humans. Plus, many of today’s paleo dieters eat more meat than their ancestors did.

Davis and Melina state: “If people want to move closer to a true Paleolithic diet, they might turn their attention to becoming vegan—it’s as close to a true Paleolithic diet as most modern-day people can achieve.”

While Becoming Vegan: Express Edition is aimed at you and me, Davis and Melina are also putting together a larger book for health professionals. Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition will be published in 2014.