Brenda Davis

Brenda Davis is a Canadian registered dietitian and advocate of plant-based nutrition. She has co-authored several popular books on vegan diets.


Davis obtained an honors degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and an internship in Ottawa, Ontario.[1] She was lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in the Marshall Islands.[2][3]

Davis is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.[4] She has authored many books on plant-based nutrition with nearly a million copies in print.[2]

Davis recommends a whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet that is low in saturated fat.[5][6][7] In 2014, in response to inaccurate media claims about saturated fat not being bad for health, Davis commented that "saturated fats still increases blood cholesterol levels and causes all sorts of problems. But what we’re starting to learn is that refined carbohydrates can be just as bad".[8]

She was inducted into the Vegan Hall of Fame in 2007.[4][9] She was the 2022 recipient of the Plantrician Project's Luminary Award.[2][10]

Davis is a council member of True Health Initiative and is a scientific advisor for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.[3][11]

Personal life

Davis resides in Calgary, Alberta with her husband Paul.[2] She became vegetarian in 1989 and a vegan in 2000.[5]

Selected publications


  1. ^ "Brenda Davis Books & Biography". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d "Biography". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Brenda Davis". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Brenda Davis". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Interview with Brenda Davis". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  6. ^ "Clearing Up Plant-Based Diet Confusion With Brenda Davis". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  7. ^ "Brenda Davis, RD: Nourish - Finding Balance at the Table". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  8. ^ "Brenda Davis, Plant-Based Diets and Essential Fats". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  9. ^ "Vegan Hall of Fame". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  10. ^ "Plantrician Project Luminary Award". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  11. ^ "Brenda Davis, RD". Retrieved 16 November 2023.