pstarr wrote:Not anomalies, just not useful data points. I am not aware that the vegan diet has been studied adequately.BasilBoy wrote:hey pstarr....you say that humans must eat meat. Perhaps SOME humans must eat meat, but there are healthy, active, strong vegans out there. Do you consider these latter folk anomalies...?
But I am pretty confident it will prove inadequate for long-term health. See above comment on GLA, vitamin B, saturated fats, omega-3. And I am sure that it is an inappropriate insufficient answer to our environmental/ecologic dilemma. And in no way an alternative to our corrupt industrial food system
I'm also not sure how the vegan diet will measure up in the long term, but which diet can we be absolutely sure will provide us with the best health? A meat diet, especially high in red meat, is associated with much higher cholesterol levels, and consequently leads to higher risk of heart disease. Opinions regarding individual dietary components seem to change every couple of years (think margarine vs. butter). Can a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plant proteins affect our bodies negatively to the degree that a diet high in animal fats can? In what ways?
Another consideration - if the economy goes to hell, and oil is not readily available for all the animal product farms, how much meat will the average Joe be able to purchase on payday? Maybe it would be wise for us to learn how to prepare more meals with plant proteins?