Should You Go Vegan? (Considerations–pros and cons)

We often get asked if vegetarianism is the way to go for optimum health and longevity. It can be–if you know what you’re doing diet-wise and you exercise…

We have friends who are vegans. We are not–at least not completely. We do eat dairy, eggs and some meat (mostly chicken and fish), but we try to be selective (more on that in a moment).

There are some considerations if you go vegan…

Protein: Amino acids from protein are lacking in many vegan diets. That deficiency can lead to muscle loss, reduced skin elasticity (wrinkles) and even a less efficient metabolism (the skinny-fat syndrome).

Vitamins/minerals: Studies also show that 83% of vegans are deficient in vitamin B12, compared to 5% of omnivores. In another study, vegetarians had only a third of the ferritin (a marker for iron levels) of omnivores.

Good fat: Studies also show that many vegans are more than 50% lower in the good omega-3 fats. [Authority Nutrition]

Now, don’t get us wrong–many vegans understand those shortcomings and make a diligent effort to get enough protein, omega-3s, vitamins and minerals. Nuts, seeds and even vegetable protein supplements, like pea protein, can fill the bill–to a degree.

So why not just eat meat? There are moral objections to killing animals, but the health problem with most store-bought beef is that it is not grass fed. That means antibiotics and hormones are used to plump up the animals–and they are fed wheat, corn and even cattle byproducts (not kidding) as opposed to natural grass….

That can lead to toxins and an imbalance of omega fats–too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3. Too much omega-6, the case with most American diets, means increased inflammation, a precursor to many diseases like cancer and faster aging. Not good…

Cattle is supposed to graze. So if you eat meat, go for grass-fed beef. Also, choose free-range chicken. Those animals are treated more humanely as well…

Of course, if you have a moral objection to eating anything with a face, vegan is the way to go. Just make a strong effort to get enough protein to insure muscle integrity and optimal hormone efficiency (you need some dietary fat for that too), as well as vitamins, minerals and omega-3 (from flax).

However, if you’re a vegan because you’re trying to avoid toxins, keep in mind that most fruits and veggies have toxins and pollutants. Even with organic there can be toxic run-off into the soil from surrounding areas no matter how “organic” the farm.

Therefore, whether you are a vegan or not, it’s important to “detox,” which can also help you reduce body fat. Hey, who doesn’t want a bit less blubber, right? 

According to food detective Nick Pineault, “There are few simple tweaks you can make to your diet, starting today, that can help your body eliminate this toxic burden and get your fat loss moving again, while helping you look and feel younger.” There is more in his new article… 

==> 4 Foods That Flush Away Your “Trapped” Fat

Also, if you’re looking for a way to grow your own food with fewer toxins, there’s a new way that doesn’t take a lot of time, space or effort. Environmental scientist and horticulturist Jonathan White has a simple solution. See it HERE.

 

2 Responses to Should You Go Vegan? (Considerations–pros and cons)

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