The Big ‘Con’ Vegan Diet

However, meat, the kind of high wellness that Buxton would like to see us all eat, is expensive. “It’s because our food system is skewed. If I were designing policies to make it affordable to eat right, I would be taxing processed foods, empty carbs, and junk and subsidizing regeneratively farmed eggs and meat. , as well as well-raised fish. And I would support farmers with active policies to switch to best farming practices.

First, though, the anti-meat rhetoric has to stop. Encouragingly, diets such as Keto (high fat, low carb) are gaining popularity to treat an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. In many ways, she and veganism are antithetical.

For Buxton, it’s a sign that as a society we are rethinking how healthy eating could be balanced, fresh and unprocessed. “Ultimately, I really strongly believe that if we pursue the path of regeneration, we will eventually see fully sustainable and wholesome meat available at reasonable prices.”

Is a plant-based diet really healthier?

If you have a lingering feeling that meat, eggs, and dairy are bad for you, you may be suffering from a hangover from the demonization of cholesterol in the 1950s. Today, eggs and Dairy in moderation is considered part of a healthy diet, but red meat’s reputational damage remains, despite no studies conclusively proving it’s bad for our health.

“Red meat is mixed with processed meat, which some studies have found to be harmful. However, recent studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine [2019]who conducted a meta-analysis of all the research, concluded that there was not enough evidence to recommend reduced consumption of red or processed meat,” says Buxton.

There have been several criticisms of the WHO Cancer Report (2015), which is responsible for the idea that eating processed meat causes cancer, including one from a member of the committee that produced the report, who felt it was not based on evidence.

“The problem with the data on red meat is that, through epidemiological studies, it has been lumped together with other aspects of an unhealthy diet, such as excessive consumption of processed carbohydrates. Is it the meat that produces the results or the bun, fries and cola eaten on the side?” asks Buxton.

Regarding veganism, she fears that a diet requiring additional supplementation (plant-based diets are deficient in nutrients such as preformed vitamins A, B12 and D, iodine, iron, omega-3 , several essential amino acids and zinc) can be considered healthier than a balanced diet which is not.

Plant-based milks should be fortified with calcium and other vitamins; vegan mothers who are breastfeeding are encouraged by the Vegan Society to take B12, iodine, vitamin D and omega-3 supplements, and increase their intake (requirements are 80% higher than for other adults ) by eating foods fortified with calcium and calcium. add the tofu. When we contacted the Vegan Society for comment, a spokesperson said: “From a health perspective, a well-planned vegan diet can support healthy living in people of all ages, including during pregnancy. and breastfeeding”.

However, just one egg contains omega-3 essential fatty acids in the form of DHA, vitamins A, B6, B12, E, D and K, calcium, iron, zinc and many other healthy minerals. Take that, eggless egg.