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Science vs Vegans

One of my favourite podcasts just did an episode on veganism, and its great. Science Vs tackled three questions:

  • Is going vegan better for the environment?
  • Do you need milk for strong bones?
  • If you don’t eat any meat at all, is it bad for you?

Listen here or wherever you get podcasts.

And if you liked that episode, check out:

Note: While the vegan episode shows that the science is firmly behind the diet, the same can’t be said for the other episodes above (sorry keto, detoxes, supplements, and even organic food). You might find your beliefs and lifestyle choices refuted by the science. That’s ok. Listen with an open mind, and challenge your own preconceived notions. Committing yourself to constantly learning and improving is probably the healthiest diet.

Veganism in the News

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There’s been a lot of articles in the media recently about vegan diets. The Huffington Post ran an article Shattering The Meat Myth: Humans Are Natural Vegetarians.

Although we think we are, and we act as if we are, human beings are not natural carnivores. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us, because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.

The New York Times has six articles arguing for and against vegan diets in there Room for Debate series: Is Veganism Good For Everyone?.
1. The Jury Is Still Out

B12 isn’t the only nutrient missing from veggies. Creatine, carnitine, taurine, cholesterol, DHA, EPA, menaquinone and retinol are sparse to nonexistent in plants.

2. We Are Not Grizzly Bears

Humans are thought to be omnivores – just like the grizzly. Look in that mirror … we’re so much alike, aren’t we?

3. Meat is Brain Food

Clinical research finds that people on vegan diets commonly suffer from a variety of nutritional deficiencies.

4. It’s About Food Quality

The reality is that, while veganism may not be for everyone, quality matters. And, in a rush to give consumers value, food producers have jeopardized the quality of most meat out there. Veganism may not be the solution, but “reduced consumption” can very well suit us all.

5. Plant-Strong Is The Way

The primary reason it’s hard to give up animals is because most of us have grown up eating animal products and don’t have the first inkling of how to eat anything else. But it’s a “piece of kale” to eat “plant-strong” in 2012.

6. A Choice With Definite Risks

You may choose to be a vegan. Your baby doesn’t have that luxury. Let her grow up omnivorous and healthy.