Top 40 Plant-Based Health & Nutrition Books—Part Two

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These books on plant-based nutrition and health provide the science and clinical results to support a plant-based diet.

Whole plant foods are the healthiest fuel for your body. The science and real world results prove it time and again.

Eating a diet of whole plant foods is one of the best things you can do for your body and your health.

Learn from a number of the top plant-based professionals about the power of a plant-based diet.

With years of experience these individuals know just how important what you eat is to your health.

Bringing scientific theory and real world results together, these books cover all the bases for healthy plant-based living.

Top 40 Plant-Based Nutrition & Health Books—Part Two

Add one, or all of these books to your collection and know that you’re getting top quality, plant-based information and advice.

Health isn’t complicated, but understanding nutrition requires getting information from the best sources there are. That’s what this list is for.

Whole plant foods provide all the nutrition you need, let these books explain why.

Here is Part Two of the top plant-based health and nutrition books to read. Find Part One here.

21. The Low-Carb Fraud

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Written by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, with Howard Jacobson, The Low Carb Fraud shares the reality of carbohydrates. Although carbohydrates have gotten a lot of bad publicity, contrary to popular belief not all carbs are created equal. T. Colin Campbell brings his vast experience with nutritional science to the table and uncovers the truth underneath all the misinformation.

22. Forks Over Knives Family

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Forks Over Knives Family by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD, is a guide for the whole family. Transition your family to plant-based eating with these tips, recipes, and lifestyle advice. Learn how to navigate the child-rearing process while focusing on healthy, plant-based living. From pregnancy to birthday parties and social events to vitamins and nutrition, get your questions answered along with advice for making this lifestyle work for your family long-term.

23. Eat More Weigh Less

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By Dean Ornish, MD, Eat More, Weigh Less is a healthy eating program that will help you build and protect your health. Once you emphasis the right foods, it won’t be as difficult to lose excess or maintain a healthy weight. The less need there is for you to focus on limiting how much you can eat, the more you can start to enjoy your meals.

Related: Top 30 Oil-Free, Plant-Based Recipe Websites of 2017


24. The Plant-Based Journey

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The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath is a guide to transitioning to plant-based living. Learn how to attain a healthy weight and eat plant-based with the helpful tips provided by an experienced dietary coach. The well-rounded approach in The Plant-Based Journey will set you on a healthy lifestyle path that you can maintain long-term.

25. The Whole Foods Diet

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Written by the co-founder of Whole Foods, John MacKey along with Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD, The Whole Foods Diet is about the power of whole foods. With the science to back it up as well as recipes, success stories, and an easy to follow plan, The Whole Foods Diet can help you start your own diet focused on healthy plant-based eating.

26. The Vegiterranean Diet

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Taking the Mediterranean diet and improving upon it, in The Vegiterranean Diet Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, explains the reasons why and how to adopt an even healthier plant-based, Mediterranean-style of eating. With recipes and meal plans to help put what you learn into practice, The Vegitteranean Diet explains why plants are your ticket to health.

27. Vegan for Life

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Vegan for Life is by Jack Norris RD, and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD. Get the perspective of two dietitians and their knowledge on vegan diet and nutrition. Whether you’re new to the lifestyle or a long-time vegan, Vegan for Life can answer your questions about nutrients, health, and how to make healthy changes to your diet.

28. Vegan for Her

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By Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, with JL Fields, Vegan for Her is a guide for women transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. Learn what you need to know about diet, nutrition, and compassionate living with this helpful guide.

29. The China Study Solution

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The China Study Solution, previously published as The Campbell Plan, is written by Thomas M. Campbell, MD, co-author of The China Study. Based on the scientific findings from The China Study, this book goes further and helps you transition to plant-based eating. Taking you through how to implement healthy changes to your diet, The China Study Solution also answers many of your questions along the way.

30. Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole

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The title says it all. Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD, is a compact guide filled with the essential information you need about health and nutrition. Use Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole to build a more solid understanding behind plant-based nutrition or to jump-start your plant-based eating.

31. The Alzheimer’s Solution

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The Alzheimer’s Solution by Dean Sherzia, MD and Ayesha Sherzai, MD, presents the key to preventing and reversing cognitive decline. Through a focus on the aspects which directly influence cognitive health, The Alzheimer’s Solution tells you what you need to know.

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32. Becoming Vegan

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For a comprehensive look at how to become a healthy while following a vegan diet, Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis, RD and Vesanto Meslina, MS, RD is your answer. An in-depth look at plant-based nutrition tells you everything you need to know. The benefits beyond health are also highlighted as the book opens by making the connection between vegan living and a healthier planet as a whole.

33. The Mindful Vegan

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Written by Lani Muelrath, The Mindful Vegan is a 30 day plan to revitalise your life. You can reduce stress by focusing on finding health, peace, and happiness through practicing mindfulness in your everyday life. Balance is the key, and Lani Muelrath will guide you on your way to attaining it.

34. Building Bone Vitality

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You’ve heard it time and again that extra calcium is what you need for bone health. But in reality, vitamins and dairy aren’t the answer to having stronger bones. So what is? Building Bone Vitality by Amy J. Lanou, PhD and Michael Castleman tackle the myth head-on and share healthy eating tips that are far better than any pill could be.

35. Healthy Eating, Healthy World

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Healthy Eating, Healthy World is a message that the world needs to heed. Written by J. Morris Hicks with J. Stanfield Hicks, Healthy Eating, Healthy World is about the urgency for the global shift to plant-based living. With an overwhelming number of benefits, not the least of which is your health, plant-based is the future the world needs.

36. By Any Greens Necessary

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Tracye McQuirter, MPH is the author of By Any Greens Necessary. Bringing the message of a whole food, plant-based to a demographic that isn’t focused on enough, Tracye McQuirter makes plant-based eating realistic, healthy, and delicious. With advice for transitioning and plant-based recipes to get you started, By Any Greens Necessary is the perfect guide to eating vegan.

37. The Food Revolution

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The Food Revolution is written by John Robbins, a long-time advocate and promoter of a plant-based diet. For health and for the planet, John Robbins explains why society needs a food revolution. One thing is clear, the future is one that needs to be built with a plant-based diet, The Food Revolution tells you why.

38. The Good Carbohydrate Revolution

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Not all carbohydrates are the same, and not all carbohydrates are bad. The Good Carbohydrate by Terry Shintani, MD, MPH reveals the truth about carbohydrates and explains how to eat the right ones to build and maintain your health.

39. Shred It!

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By Robert Cheeke of Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, Shred It! is the perfect resource for any athlete looking to build muscle on a plant-based diet. You don’t need an excessive amount of protein powders or fancy formulas. Whole plant foods are all you need to fuel your workouts and build a toned, muscular physique.

40. Thrive

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Thrive comes from the perspective of a long-time athlete Brendan Brazier. The tips and advice he has for eating a plant-based diet are what help him continue to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Because the idea that you can’t thrive as an athlete on a plant-based diet is just built on a lack of awareness about the truth of nutrition and health.

Related: How to Follow a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet


Bonus: The Plant-Based Solution (2018)

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The Plant-Based Solution is by Joel K. Kahn, MD, someone with a vast amount of experience relating to heart health. Learn how to improve your heart and overall health while avoiding or even reversing heart disease. Heart disease is one the of the top chronic diseases in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it has to be. The Plant-Based Solution is your guide to taking control of your health.


Healthy plant-based living will continue to grow in popularity as more people learn about and read books like these.

From improving heart disease, diabetes, and preventing and reversing numerous other health ailments, adhering to a healthy plant-based diet has proved itself time and again.

Add these plant-based books to your wish list and share them with others.

Plant-based is the future, and the authors of these books are helping to pave the way.

View Part One of Top 40 Plant-Based Nutrition & Health Books.

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