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Effects of a vegan diet

Here are a few scientific papers on the effects of a vegan diet. I challenge you to critically evaluate the information provided here
Health effects of vegan diets
Recently, vegetarian diets have experienced an increase in popularity. A vegetarian diet is associated with many health benefits because of its higher content of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and many phytochemicals and a fat content that is more unsaturated. Compared with other vegetarian diets, vegan diets tend to contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fiber. Vegans tend to be thinner, have lower serum cholesterol, and lower blood pressure, reducing their risk of heart disease. However, eliminating all animal products from the diet increases the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies. Micronutrients of special concern for the vegan include vitamins B-12 and D, calcium, and long-chain n-3 (omega-3) fatty acids. Unless vegans regularly consume foods that are fortified with these nutrients, appropriate supplements should be consumed. In some cases, iron and zinc status of vegans may also be of concern because of the limited bioavailability of these minerals.

Malnutrition in infants receiving cult diets: a form of child abuse.
Severe nutritional disorders, including kwashiorkor, marasmus, and rickets, were seen in four children and were due to parental food faddism, which should perhaps be regarded as a form of child abuse. All disorders were corrected with more normal diets and vitamin supplements. In view of the potentially serious consequences of restricted diets being fed to children, families at risk should be identified and acceptable nutritional advice given. When children are found to be suffering from undernutrition due to parental food faddism a court order will normally be a necessary step in providing adequate treatment and supervision.

Case report of 5 siblings: malnutrition? Rickets? DiGeorge
syndrome? Developmental delay?
Parents of six children are facing a trial on charges of aggravated manslaughter in
the care a 5 1/2 month old infant who died suddenly and neglect of their four older children for
causing them to be malnourished by feeding them all an exclusively raw foods vegan diet. Both
parents declined plea bargains and plan to defend themselves in court.

Irreversible subacute sclerotic combined degeneration of the spinal cord in a vegan subject

Subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord in a vegan
SUBACUTE combined degeneration of the spinal cord
in nutritional vitamin B12 deficiency states, though a
rare complication, has been reported several times
(Badenoch, 1954; Wokes, 1956; Smith, 1962;
Connor & Pirola, 1963; Riley, 1966; Verjaal &
Timmermans, 1967), and its association with
veganism (vegans are people who exclude all forms
of animal products from their diet) has been duly
stressed by Wokes (1956) and Smith (1962).

what the American Dietetic Association says 09.Apr.2012 06:12


From the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, a peer-reviewed scientific journal:

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes."


Have you ever considered the effects of a meat eating diet? 09.Apr.2012 08:39

Jody Paulson

Or, if you're like the FDA, do you just not want to know ...
Flashback: USDA 'Doesn't Know' if You Are Eating Cloned Meat

You probably don't want to know what's in "pink slime," either, and I don't blame you, if I was that committed to trashing veganism, "kili" ...


it's fitting to know 09.Apr.2012 08:41

that guy

most consumers are about as aware of what they are shoveling down their gullet as they are about anything else being forced on them through economic terrorism.

if you want to change your diet from what is traditionally eaten in your culture, you need to know what you're doing. eating vegan is the healthiest, simplest thing you can do for yourself. unless you are doing it for political reasons or due to peer-pressure, and don't know how to provide for your nutritional needs.

it would help if we spent at least one year of our school time studying an "owners manual" for our bodies. once you realize how the body digests and processes food, you may never want to eat meat again. beans, rice and greens is pretty much all you need.

by the way...soy products are detrimental to your health is you have more than four servings per week. less than that and you should be fine.

Third item re rickets 09.Apr.2012 09:19


Here is the conclusion: "Conclusion: The raw foods vegan diet and possibly inherited small stature from the father's side account for their relatively low heights and weights. Catch-up growth will probably occur on the standard American diet but would have also been expected if they had remained on a vegan diet."

The study does not show that the diet contributed to what the parents are being accused of foisting upon the children.

Part of a problem we have in our society is that people don't eat food anymore. They eat nutrients. Michael Pollan has written very well on this, and every vegan I know makes sure they get the nutrients they need through their food, and then as needed, supplement. They think food, and that is the key.

As far as I can see, the only detrimental effect of being a vegan is the insecurity in some meat eaters it seems to cause.

One Size Doesn't fit all 09.Apr.2012 10:19

oh for pity sakes

There are many reasons why people respond well or badly to a vegan diet and no study can superseded personal experience. People who do well as vegetarians/vegans now have the knowledge and tools to plan diets that avoid the pitfalls of past vegetarian diets. People who do well with meat now have the options of buying from free range/natural ranches and dairies to avoid supporting factory farming.

Using select scientific studies of extreme cases to claim all vegans(or all anyone for that matter) are dietary cultists is irresponsible.

Needless to say forcing experimental or fad diets , obviously missing in basic macro and micro nutrients, on children is inexcusable.

Full disclosure: meat eater who includes plenty of greens and fruit. Has many vegan friends. No, your personal diet is not a fanatical religion where all others are "heretics" to be persecuted.