This list covers the best plant-based diet books and resources that will help you understand the why and how of a plant-based lifestyle. These books and other resources discuss nutrition, recipes, food production, factory farming and animal agriculture. If you’re interested in learning more about following a plant-based diet, educating yourself is the first step. 

Best Plant-Based Diet Books and Resources

Best Plant-Based Diet Books

These are my favourite books on plant-based nutrition. These books cover everything from nutrient considerations, the implications of the Standard American Diet, how to reduce and prevent disease and they provide simple steps you can take towards moving towards a whole food, plant-based diet. I would recommend starting with How Not to Die, Eat to Live and Eating Animals but they’re all worth a read.


How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger

In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America–heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more–and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives.

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Reversing Diabetes, Neal Barnard, MD

Before Dr. Barnard’s scientific breakthrough, most health professionals believed that once you developed diabetes, you were stuck with it—and could anticipate one health issue after another, from worsening eyesight and nerve symptoms to heart and kidney problems. But this simply is not true—Dr. Barnard has shown that it is often possible to improve insulin sensitivity and tackle type 2 diabetes by following his step-by-step plan, which includes a healthful vegan diet with plenty of recipes to get started, an exercise guide, advice about taking supplements and tracking progress, and troubleshooting tips.

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Whole, T. Colin Campbell

In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell (alongside his son, Thomas M. Campbell) revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.

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Engine 2 Diet, Rip Esselstyn

The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition-several had dangerously high cholesterol levels, he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse.

By following Rip’s program, everyone lost weight, lowered their cholesterol, and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this book. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you’ll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

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Eat to Live, Joel Furhman

The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Los

EAT TO LIVE offers a highly effective, scientifically proven way to lose weight quickly. The key to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s revolutionary six-week plan is simple: health = nutrients / calories. When the ratio of nutrients to calories in the food you eat is high, you lose weight. The more nutrient-dense food you eat, the less you crave fat, sweets, and high-caloric foods.

EAT TO LIVE has been revised to include inspiring success stories from people who have used the program to lose shockingly large amounts of weight and recover from life-threatening illnesses; Dr. Fuhrman’s nutrient density index; up-to-date scientific research supporting the principles behind Dr. Fuhrman’s plan; new recipes and meal ideas; and much more. This easy-to-follow, nutritionally sound diet can help anyone shed pounds quickly-and keep them off.

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The China Study, T. Colin Campbell

The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health

The science is clear. The results are unmistakable. You can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes just by changing your diet. More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the China Study, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.

What they found when combined with findings in Colin’s laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

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Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.

The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure

The science is clear. The results are unmistakable. You can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes just by changing your diet. More than 30 years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the China Study, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.

What they found when combined with findings in Colin’s laboratory, opened their eyes to the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

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The End of Heart Disease, Dr. Joel Furhman

The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse

An expert in the science of food, Dr. Fuhrman speaks directly to readers who want to take control of their health and avoid taking medication or undergoing complicated, expensive surgery, the two standard treatments prescribed today.

Following the model of his previous programs that have successfully tackled conditions from diabetes to dieting, Dr. Fuhrman’s plan begins with the food we eat. He focuses on a high nutrient per calorie ratio, with a range of options for different needs and conditions. He shows us what to remove and what to add to our diets for optimum heart health, provides menu plans and recipes for heart-healthy meals and snacks, and includes helpful questions for doctors and patients.

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The Plant-Based Diet Book

The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today

Harness the power of whole-plant foods to lead a long and vibrant life, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous. Eat more whole plants. This simple recommendation is at the heart of a building consensus: The healthiest diet is a plant-based diet.

Plants have spent millions of years evolving their defenses against disease. Now, studies indicate that by eating whole, minimally processed plant foods, humans too can gain protection against everyday illness, diabetes, obesity, depression, mental decline, heart disease, and even cancer.

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Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, Julianne Heaver and Raymond Cronise

The science confirms that a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods can help your body thrive. In fact, a growing number of physicians advocate a completely plant-based diet for many of their patients who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. In this all new edition, leading plant-based dietician, Julieanna Hever, and Ray Cronise, the mastermind behind magician Penn Jillette’s 100-pound weight loss transformation, team up to give you everything you need to know about following a plant-based diet, including information on nutrient-dense foods, macronutrients, longevity, recipes, meal plans and how to stock your kitchen.

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Becoming Vegan, Brenda Davis

The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition

The authors explore the health benefits of vegan diets compared to other dietary choices; explain protein and amino acid requirements at various stages of life; describe fats and essential fatty acids and their value in plant-based diets; investigate carbohydrate facts and fallacies; reveal the truth about wheat, gluten, and grains; pinpoint where to obtain calcium, iron, zinc and other minerals without animal products; clarify the importance of obtaining vitamin B12; and show how to attain optimal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation.

Nutritional guidelines are provided for infants, children, teens, and adults, including seniors; and a section is devoted on how to achieve and maintain healthy weights and exceptional fitness on a vegan diet. Numerous tables and graphs illustrate each section. A handy graphic of the vegan plate offers a daily plan for healthful eating. Equally beneficial are the sample menus designed for people of various caloric needs.

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The Thrive Diet, Brendan Brazier

The Whole Food Way To Losing Weight Reducing Stress And Staying Healthy for Life

The Thrive Diet is a long-term eating plan that will help you achieve optimal health through stress-busting plant-based whole foods. It’s an easy-to-follow diet that will help you understand why some foods create nutritional stress and how other foods can help eliminate it, giving you a lean body, sharp mind, and everlasting energy. Fully researched and developed by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete, The Thrive Diet features: the best whole foods, a 12-week whole foods meal plan, over 100 easy-to-make recipes with raw food options that are all wheat, gluten, soy, corn, refined sugar and dairy-free, including exercise-specific recipes for pre-workout snacks, energy gels, sport drinks, and recovery foods, an easy-to-follow exercise plan that compliments The Thrive Diet.

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Proteinaholic, Garth Davis, M.D.

How Our Obsession with Meat is Killing and What We Can Do About It

An acclaimed surgeon specializing in weight loss delivers a paradigm-shifting examination of the diet and health industry’s focus on protein, explaining why it is detrimental to our health, and can prevent us from losing weight. Whether you are seeing a doctor, nutritionist, or a trainer, all of them advise to eat more protein. Foods, drinks, and supplements are loaded with extra protein. Many people use protein for weight control, to gain or lose pounds, while others believe it gives them more energy and is essential for a longer, healthier life. Now, Dr. Garth Davis, an expert in weight loss asks, “Is all this protein making us healthier?”

The answer, he emphatically argues, is NO. Too much protein is actually making us sick, fat, and tired, according to Dr. Davis. If you are getting adequate calories in your diet, there is no such thing as protein deficiency. The healthiest countries in the world eat far less protein than we do and yet we have an entire nation on a protein binge getting sicker by the day.

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The Alzeihmer’s Solution, Dean and Ayesha Sherzhai

A Breakthrough Program to Prevent and Reverse the Symptoms of Cognitive Decline at Every Age

This much-needed revolutionary book reveals how the brain is a living universe, directly influenced by nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, and engagement. In other words: what you feed it, how you treat it, when you challenge it, and the ways in which you allow it to rest. These factors are the pillars of the groundbreaking program you’ll find in these pages, which features a personalized assessment for evaluating risk, a five-part program for prevention and symptom-reversal, and day-by-day guides for optimizing cognitive function. You can prevent Alzheimer’s disease from affecting you, your family, friends, and loved ones. Even with a diagnosis, you can reverse cognitive decline and add vibrant years to your life. The future of your brain is finally within your control.

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The Cheese Trap, Neal Barnard

How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy 

We’ve been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese can make you gain weight and leads to a host of health problems like high blood pressure and arthritis. Worse, it contains mild opiates that make it additive, triggering the same brain receptors as heroin and morphine. In THE CHEESE TRAP, Dr. Neal Barnard presents a comprehensive program to help readers break free of their cheese addiction so they can lose weight, boost energy, and improve their overall health. This easy-to-follow diet features a treasury of healthy recipes that will tame even the toughest cravings-from pizza, to lasagna, to ice cream and cheesecake.

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The Plant-Based Solution, Dr. Joel M. Kahn

America’s Healthy Heart Doc’s Plan to Power Your Health

Known as America’s Healthy Heart Doc, Dr. Kahn has already helped thousands of people prevent and reverse heart disease. But what about other chronic conditions, such as adult diabetes, obesity, gut health, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, and even low sex drive? It turns out that all these conditions and more can be improved with a plant-based diet—and Dr. Kahn has the evidence to prove it.

“Every day we have within our hands the power of choosing to honor our bodies, to promote inner and outer well-being, to heal our planet, and to treat animals with kindness and respect,” writes Kahn. With The Plant-Based Solution, he provides an entertaining, compelling, and practical guide for improving your health through plant-based nutrition.

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Main Street Vegan, Victoria Moran

Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World 

Author and holistic health practitioner Victoria Moran started eating only plants nearly thirty years ago, raised her daughter, Adair, vegan from birth, and maintains a sixty-pound weight loss. Moran offers a complete guide to making this dietary and lifestyle shift with an emphasis on small, practical steps anyone can manage. This book provides practical advice and inspiration for everyone.

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Forks Over Knives, Gene Stone

The Plant-Based Way to Health

It may overturn most of the diet advice you’ve heard—but the experts behind Forks Over Knives aren’t afraid to make waves. In his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn explained that eating meat, dairy, and oils injures the lining of our blood vessels, causing heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. In The China Study, Dr. Colin Campbell revealed how cancer and other diseases skyrocket when eating meat and dairy is the norm—and plummet when a traditional plant-based diet persists. And more and more experts are adding their voices to the cause: There is nothing else you can do for your health that can match the benefits of a plant-based diet.

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The Mindful Vegan, Lani Muelrath

Backed by extensive research, with step-by- step instructions, personal stories, positivity, humor, and a handful of delicious recipes, The Mindful Vegan will help you emancipate yourself from the stranglehold that mindless and compulsive eating have on your weight, health, food choices, and, most of all, peace of mind. The Mindful Vegan sets you on a path to cultivating your capacity for genuine happiness and a more peaceful life– in a way that is personally satisfying and aligned with your deepest values. This book is for anyone who wants to be free of frustrating and baffling eating behaviors, experience a new ease around eating, and discover their naturally healthy body and weight.

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Vegan for Her, Virginia Messina

Vegan for Her, a blueprint for optimal health and wellness at any age, will show you how to: lower your risk for breast cancer and heart disease; manage conditions like arthritis and migraines; diminish PMs and cramps; build strong bones for life; enhance fertility; make an easy transition to a vegan diet; and incorporate principles of both fashion and compassion into your home and wardrobe.

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Best Plant-Based Diet Books and Resources

Best Nutrition Books

These books aren’t necessarily focused on plant-based nutrition but they’re still excellent resources if you’re interested in learning more about health and nutrition.


Best Animal Ethics and Agriculture Books

Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer

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This is one of my favourite books and the one I recommend the most to those interested learning more about the current state of animal agriculture. Like many young Americans, Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. As he became a husband, and then a father, the moral dimensions of eating became increasingly important to him. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them.

Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill. Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is a book that, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer “at the table with our greatest philosophers.”


Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy, PhD

An Introduction to Carnism

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This ground-breaking work, voted one of the top ten books of 2010 by VegNews Magazine, offers an absorbing look at why and how humans can so wholeheartedly devote ourselves to certain animals and then allow others to suffer needlessly, especially those slaughtered for our consumption.

Social psychologist Melanie Joy explores the many ways we numb ourselves and disconnect from our natural empathy for farmed animals. She coins the term “carnism” to describe the belief system that has conditioned us to eat certain animals and not others. In Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows Joy investigates factory farming, exposing how cruelly the animals are treated, the hazards that meatpacking workers face, and the environmental impact of raising 10 billion animals for food each year. Controversial and challenging, this book will change the way you think about food forever.


Dominion, Matthew Scully

The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals and the Call to Mercy

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In Dominion, we witness the annual convention of Safari Club International, an organization whose wealthier members will pay up to $20,000 to hunt an elephant, a lion or another animal, either abroad or in American “safari ranches,” where the animals are fenced in pens. We attend the annual International Whaling Commission conference, where the skewed politics of the whaling industry come to light, and the focus is on developing more lethal, but not more merciful, methods of harvesting “living marine resources.” And we visit a gargantuan American “factory farm,” where animals are treated as mere product and raised in conditions of mass confinement, bred for passivity and bulk, inseminated and fed with machines, kept in tightly confined stalls for the entirety of their lives, and slaughtered in a way that maximizes profits and minimizes decency.

Throughout Dominion, Scully counters the hypocritical arguments that attempt to excuse animal abuse: from those who argue that the Bible’s message permits mankind to use animals as it pleases, to the hunter’s argument that through hunting animal populations are controlled, to the popular and “scientifically proven” notions that animals cannot feel pain, experience no emotions, and are not conscious of their own lives.

The result is eye opening, painful and infuriating, insightful and rewarding. Dominion is a plea for human benevolence and mercy, a scathing attack on those who would dismiss animal activists as mere sentimentalists, and a demand for reform from the government down to the individual. Matthew Scully has created a groundbreaking work, a book of lasting power and importance for all of us.


Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser

The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

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Fast Food Nation was the first book that got me interested in a plant-based lifestyle. I don’t remember ever hearing the term plant-based back then but I after reading this, I stopped eating meat and my plant-based journey evolved from there. Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim in 2001 and became an international bestseller.

Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fuelled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement.


The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Micahel Pollan

A Natural History of Four Meals

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What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species.

In the years since, Pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. Ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.


In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan

An Eater’s Manifesto

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Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion–most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become.

With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.


How to Create a Vegan World, Tobias Leenaert

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In this thought-provoking book, Tobias Leenaert leaves well-trodden animal advocacy paths and takes a fresh look at the strategies, objectives, and communication of the vegan and animal rights movement. He argues that, given our present situation, with entire societies dependent on using animals, we need a very pragmatic approach. How to Create a Vegan World contains many valuable ideas and insights for both budding advocates for animals and seasoned activists, organizational leaders, and even entrepreneur


Animal Liberation, Peter Singer

The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement

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First published in 1975, Animal Liberation created a sensation upon its release, shaking the world’s philosophical and animal-protection circles to their cores. Now, forty years later, Peter Singer’s landmark work still looms large as a foundational and canonical text of animal advocacy. Arguing that all beings capable of suffering deserve equal consideration, Singer contends that the only justifiable treatment of animals is that which maximizes good and minimizes suffering. In examining the cruelty of factory farming and the exploitation, both commercial and scientific, of laboratory animals, he identifies a kind of “ethical blindness” and calls for political action.

A moral wake-up call from one of the most influential and controversial ethicists of our time, Animal Liberation tackles an emotionally charged social issue with a compelling rational argument in a rousing and riveting read.


Folks, This Ain’t Normal, Joel Salatin

A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

From farmer Joel Salatin’s point of view, life in the 21st century just ain’t normal. In FOLKS, THIS AIN’T NORMAL, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.


The Ethics of What We Eat, Peter Singer

Why Our Food Choices Matter

Peter Singer, the groundbreaking ethicist whom The New Yorker calls the most influential philosopher alive teams up again with Jim Mason, his coauthor on the acclaimed Animal Factories, to set their critical sights on the food we buy and eat: where it comes from, how it is produced, and whether it was raised humanely.

The Ethics of What We Eat explores the impact our food choices have on humans, animals, and the environment. Recognizing that not all of us will become vegetarians, Singer and Mason offer ways to make healthful, humane food choices. As they point out: You can be ethical without being fanatical.


The CAFO Reader, Daniel Imhoff

The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories

The CAFO Reader is possibly the most powerful indictment of factory farming ever compiled, with essays from 30 of the world’s leading experts. It also offers a vision for a food system that leaves behind the horrific 20th century model of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.

The CAFO Reader brings the tragic world of industrial food production into sharp focus with essays on every facet of factory farming: health, environment, animal welfare, labor, politics, economics, and so on. This affordable reader is a companion book to the larger photo-essay volume, CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories.

It is sure to become a relied-upon resource for activists, food policy makers, academics, the media and the general public for many years. This project is a follow-up to the highly successful project Fatal Harvest, published in 2002. It is being supported by an extensive outreach campaign with events around the country.


The Vegetarian Myth, Lierre Kieth

Food, Justice and Sustainability

Part memoir, nutritional primer, and political manifesto, this controversial examination exposes the destructive history of agriculture—causing the devastation of prairies and forests, driving countless species extinct, altering the climate, and destroying the topsoil—and asserts that, in order to save the planet, food must come from within living communities.

In order for this to happen, the argument champions eating locally and sustainably and encourages those with the resources to grow their own food. Further examining the question of what to eat from the perspective of both human and environmental health, the account goes beyond health choices and discusses potential moral issues from eating—or not eating—animals. 

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Best Plant-Based Diet Books and Resources

Best Plant-Based Documentaries

Some of these films have very graphic content but I think it’s important for people to understand where a lot of the food available to purchase comes from, as well as the environmental impacts of farming animals. As always, you should do your own research, but this is a good place to begin learning more on the subject.

  1. Food, Inc. An unflattering look inside America’s corporate controlled food industry. ( Available on Netflix)
  2. Earthlings. Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. (Watch for free on YouTube). 
  3. Forks Over Knives. Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. (Available on Netflix). 
  4. Vegucated. Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it’s all about. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the planet’s fate may fall on their plates. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. (Available on Netflix). 
  5. Fresh. Celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
  6. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. A inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.(Available on Netflix). 
  7. Cowspiracy. A groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. (Available on Netflix). 
  8. What the Health. The groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. (Available on Netflix). 
  9. Eating You Alive.
  10. Plant Pure Nation.
  11. Peaceable Kingdom. This award-winning film documents the stories of several people from farming backgrounds who realized that their way of life was not in line with their values of kindness and compassion. (Available on Netflix.)
  12. Hungry for Change. Initially released in 2012, Hungry for Change is a documentary film that emphasizes detoxification as the key to losing weight. The documentary talks about the problems and challenges associated with diet, toxic foods and food addictions. (Available on Netflix.
  13. The Ghosts in Our Machine.

Best Health and Nutrition Podcasts

Not all of these podcasts are plant-based but they all offer loads of amazing information on health and nutrition.

My favourites are The Rich Roll Podcast, The Ultimate Health Podcast and The Model Health Show. Listening to podcasts has been instrumental in my education on nutrition, health and a plant-based lifestyle.

  1. The Rich Roll Podcast
  2. Live Planted: Practical Vegan Living
  3. No-Meat Athlete
  4. Food for Thought: The Joys and Benefits of Living Vegan
  5. The Ultimate Health Podcast
  6. The Model Health Show
  7. The Doctors Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.
  8. The Health Edge
  9. Plant Proof

You can find more of my favourite podcasts here.

Best Plant-Based Nutrition Podcast Episodes

That’s a great place to start learning more about plant-based nutrition. If you’re interested in animal welfare, I’d recommend this one with Gene Baur.

There are also plenty of episodes with plant-based athletes so if you’re wondering how eating vegan and performing at a high level works you can check out Mac DanzigPatrick BauboumianTimothy ShieffLandon CasillMark MillerLelani MunterGriff Whalen and more. There are a ton of other excellent conversations on other topics that are worth listening too and you can find them all here.

Best Plant-Based Diet Books and Resources

Best Vegan Recipe Blogs

I’ve shared a number of posts with my favourite vegan recipe blogs. Below is a list of those posts, plus all the plant-based recipes you can find right here at Running on Real Food!

  1. Browse all Running on Real Food recipes here.
  2. 20 of the Best Vegan Blogs To Follow
  3. 20 Delicious and Healthy Vegan Food Blogs
  4. 10 Best Blogs for Raw Vegan Dessert Recipes
  5. 24 Blogs for Healthy Vegan Recipes

Favourite Vegan Cookbooks

There are so many great plant-based cookbooks but are some of my favourites:

  1. Oh She Glows
  2. Minimalist Baker
  3. Chloe Flavour
  4. Chloe’s Kitchen
  5. Veganomicon
  6. Isa Does It
  7. Vegan Staples
  8. Vegan for Everybody
  9. The First Mess
  10. The Vegan 8
  11. Vegan 101

For more, visit my post on the best vegan cookbooks.

Vegan Whole Roasted Carrot, Kale and Quinoa Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing | gluten-free | Running on Real Food

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