World Health Organisation

The Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean of the World Health Organisation has published dietary guidelines for vegan diets.


“Promoting a healthy diet for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region: user-friendly guide”


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“Special population groups : Strict vegetarians


  • Include a variety of plant-based protein sources to ensure adequate intake of amino acids, iron, zinc and vitamin B12.

  • Increase bioavailability of iron from plant sources by adding vitamin C-rich foods to meals.

  • Vitamin B12 is found only in animal products and may need to be consumed from enriched foods or supplements.

  • Include a higher proportion of legumes and nuts to provide needed nutrients, including iron and protein.”