Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Food Fad Found Far From Fulfilling

Apparently, veganism will kill you:
Indigenous cuisines offer clues about what humans, naturally omnivorous, need to survive, reproduce and grow: traditional vegetarian diets, as in India, invariably include dairy and eggs for complete protein, essential fats and vitamins. There are no vegan societies for a simple reason: a vegan diet is not adequate in the long run.

Via Accidental Hedonist.


hannah said...

that article is an utter crock of shit, but i guess you know that:)

Paul said...

Well, I was surprised by how well it confirmed a number of prejudices that I held, so I was a little wary.

I'm not sure if it's entirely wrong, but it does seem to go from a specific (a baby was neglected) to the general (veganism is bad) rather quickly and without much in between.

The less scare-mongering "be careful about what you feed a baby" wouldn't have been worth a headline, though would it?

hannah said...

i know a family of vegans - their kids (1, 4 and 7) are all totally healthy and seem to have no problem with the usual kid stuff of breaking things and riding bikes and so on. i expect they're a damn sight healthier than the pie eating chavs nearby too.

btw - pretty much all vegans consider breastmilk to be vegan. all that article shows is that there are some fucking moronic people out there some of whom are vegan... and don't start me on the "but it's not natural!!!11!!" argument.

Paul said...

I think that if any point is about to be made then that's probably it.

Those who think about what they eat , whether because of diet or not, are generally going to be better nourished than those who aren't.

You would expect those who chose a path like veganism to be at least a little informed about what they are doing, but, as you say, the likelihood of stupidity in a person is independent of any thing else you might know about them.