Plant protein is strongly linked with diabetes risk reduction, while animal protein (especially processed and red meats) has been strongly associated with increased diabetes risk.
BRENDA DAVIS RD
Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world.
Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books – Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), Becoming Vegan (2000), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), Becoming Raw (2010), the Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001). She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian (2009). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages. Brenda has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines.
Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Brenda lives in Kelowna British Columbia with her husband, Paul Davis. She has two grown children, Leena Markatchev and Cory Davis.
Brenda Davis is an authoritative, entertaining and passionate speaker. She has presented at nutrition and health conferences in over a dozen countries. Book her for your next medical, nutrition or health conference; for employee seminars or for lectures to the general public.
VESANTO MELINA MS RD
Vesanto Melina, MS, RD is lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ current Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets.
She is an internationally known speaker and co-author of award winning books that are classics on plant-based nutrition, most with Brenda Davis, and now in 13 languages. Their most recent are The Kick Diabetes Cookbook and also Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition, written for dietitians, MDs, and other health professionals, with 620 pages and entirely referenced. Half as long is Becoming Vegan: Express Edition.
She teaches a 3-part nutrition series through the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California
Vesanto is a government consultant, and has taught nutrition at Seattle’s Bastyr University and at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her websites are www.nutrispeak.com and www.becomingvegan.ca .