Vegan diets are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers and youth, especially females, due to the perceived health benefits of a plant-based diet.
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Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.3.2, 2.1.2, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.2.5, 3.3.1, 3.6.1, 3.6.2.
Competencies (2010) addressed: 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.3.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.3.1, 6.3.3.
Ramila, a 32 year-old primary school teacher, has come into the pharmacy to ask for your advice. She recently started a vegan diet, and is motivated to continue with it as she believes in its philosophy. However, she read online that following a vegan diet could mean she is not getting enough of certain nutrients, such as iron, vitamin B12, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. She wants to know what you would recommend she do to make sure she is getting all the nutrients she needs without compromising her vegan lifestyle.
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