Several weeks ago, environmental scientist Cara Augustenborg appeared on her regular Newstalk radio slot to discuss her experience with veganism. She had announced her intentions earlier in the year to follow the plant-based diet as an experiment, and as a way of taking part in “Veganuary” – a movement that invites omnivores to become vegan for the month of January.

Her scientific approach to veganism included having a health check at the beginning and the end of the experiment, which lasted roughly 2.5 months.