A research group led by MedUni Vienna has developed the VEGANScreener, a new tool with 29 questions on the dietary quality of vegans in Europe. The VEGANScreener is a European project to develop a Web- and App-Based Dietary Screening Tool to assess and monitor dietary intake among vegans. The tool provides a quick overview of dietary habits and identifies potential areas for improvement.

An international team of 25 scientists from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA, coordinated by the Department of Epidemiology at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Public Health, developed the VEGANScreener as part of a JPI HDHL ERA-NET-funded initiative.

On 29th April 2024, the team published the research they have done so far in a paper titled “Development of the VEGANScreener, a Tool for a Quick Diet Quality Assessment among Vegans in Europe” published in the journal ‘Nutrition’. In its conclusions, it reads, “The next steps involve validating the tool against reference diet assessment methods and nutritional biomarkers across different European population groups and settings, with special paid attention to evaluating any variations by gender, age, ethnicity, or motivation for becoming vegan. Its performance and acceptability will also be evaluated among both vegans and healthcare professionals. If deemed valid and well-received, the VEGANScreener could become a straightforward tool for the self-evaluation, monitoring, and enhancement of dietary quality among European vegan individuals and groups.”

Eva Schernhammer, epidemiologist from MedUni Vienna, one of the lead authors and coordinator of the VEGANScreener, said: “This tool aims to be easy to use and interpret for both vegans and healthcare providers. It should assess the overall dietary quality of vegans, identify potential areas for dietary improvement, help vegans and their healthcare providers set dietary goals, and monitor progress over time.”

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.