Strong arguments against veganism
There is no one method of food is equally suitable for all - everyone is different, and what works for one person does not have to be approached differently. Personally, we are in favor of the power of both vegetable and animal food, and there is plenty of evidence that it is reasonable.
However, vegans often claim that people should be excluded from the diet all animal products. No, we do not have anything against vegans or vegetarians if you want to eat it and at the same time feel good, it's great! Continue in the same spirit, why not? But here lie and intimidate, to convince everyone else to eat as well - it is not entirely correct. In the end, and vegan diet has a number of drawbacks.
1. vegans are deficient in many important nutrients
People are omnivorous. We can eat like products of animal and vegetable origin. There are nutrients that can be derived from plants (eg, vitamin C), and others that can only be obtained from the animal.
Vitamin B12 - water-soluble vitamin, is involved in the work of every cell in the body, it is especially important for blood formation and functioning of the brain. Because B12 is essential for life and is not found in the required number of plants (except for some species of algae), vegans often have in it flaw in one study says that 92% of vegans lack of this substance in the body.
But B12 - is just the tip of the iceberg. There are other lesser-known nutrients found only in animal products and are critical for the optimal functioning of the body. Here are a few examples:
- Animal protein contains all the essential amino acids in the correct proportions - it is important for muscle growth and bone health. Vegans also do not receive any animal protein.
- Creatine helps to create a reserve of energy in the cells. Studies show that vegetarians are deficient in creatine.
- Carnosine protects against a variety of degenerative processes in the body and may protect against aging. It is found only in animal products.
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is the most active form of omega-3 fatty acids. It is contained primarily in animal products. The same substance obtained from plants, is not effectively transformed in the body into DHA.
Vegans may argue but animal products are rich in saturated fats and cholesterol.
Cholesterol is one of the most important molecules in the body and a part of every cell membrane, it is also necessary for the production of steroid hormones such as testosterone. Research shows that consumption of saturated fat correlate with increased levels of testosterone. Not surprisingly, vegans and vegetarians tend to have significantly lower levels of testosterone than the meat-eaters.
Outcome: strict vegans are deficient in many important nutrients, including vitamin B12 and creatine. Studies confirm that vegans have significantly lower levels of testosterone compared to carnivores.
2. There are no studies showing that a vegan diet is better than others
Despite the claims of supporters of a vegan diet, there are no controlled studies to prove that this method is better than any other food. They often claim that a low carbohydrate, high fat content of the ration (as opposed to a vegan diet) is dangerous and that these data prove its superiority. And where is the proof?
In one experiment compared the Atkins diet (low-carbohydrate high fat) with the Ornish diet (low-fat, almost vegetarian). This study clearly demonstrates that the Atkins diet is improved in almost all health criteria, although not all of them were statistically significant:
- Atkins group lost more weight: on average, each subject dropped by 5 kg, while the Ornish group lost 2, 5 kg.
- The Atkins group observed decrease in blood pressure.
- The Atkins group increased high density lipoprotein ( "good" cholesterol).
- Under Atkins was a greater decrease triglyceride: 29, 3 mg / L as compared with 4, 9 mg / l.
In addition, bring the Atkins diet to the end it was even easier because it is easier to stick to. Thus, the Atkins diet had several important advantages over the Ornish diet.
Further, there are few studies proving the health benefits and reduce mortality among vegans and vegetarians, for example, studies of Seventh-day Adventists. The problem is that these studies can be called more observations - they show only the changes but does not give any idea about the reasons.
Vegetarians are healthier, probably because they take better care of their health in general, eat more vegetables, less likely to smoke and more likely to exercise - it has nothing to do with the avoidance of animal products. In another study conducted among 10 thousand people, both vegans and meat-eaters who care about their health, no difference in mortality was observed. A controlled experiment has shown that a vegan diet is more effective against diabetes than the official diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association. However, low-carbohydrate diet was also examined in the same way and showed much more powerful positive effect.
Bottom line: Despite all the propaganda, there is no evidence that a vegan diet is better than the other diet, as confirmed by research.
3. Supporters vegan diet used lies and intimidation to promote their views
Some advocates of a vegan diet is not too honest when trying to convince others of the merits of their approach to food: they are actively using lies and intimidation to scare people away from fats and animal products.
Despite the propaganda, in reality there is no evidence that meat, eggs or animal nutrients, which contain saturated fats and cholesterol, cause harm. People promoting vegan diet should be more honest and do not use scare tactics and lies to make people feel guilty because of the consumption of animal products, which are very healthy food.
I would like to briefly mention the Chinese study, promotes veganism and "prove" that it is - the right choice. This was an observational study, conducted by scientists, madly in love with his theory: he chose the data that supported his conclusions, and ignored those that did not fit in them. As a result, the results of the study have been completely debunked. For more information, you can explore the following: - Denise Minger (Denise Minger) "The China Study - Fact or confusion";
- Chris Masterdzhon (Chris Masterjohn) "The fact that Dr. Campbell will tell you about the Chinese study."
In addition, in the same China, new research has recently been carried out, directly contradicting previous: men regularly Eat red meat, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, and women - the risk of cancer.
Outcome: proponents of veganism often use tactics of fear mongering and intimidation to convince people not to eat animal products. They are in evidence often refer to the Chinese study, which has been completely exposed.
4. A vegan diet may work in the short term
If you go to any vegan forum, then quickly find there stories of people who started to adhere to a vegan diet and realize its amazing health benefits. There is no reason to believe that all these people are lying, but it is important to keep in mind that these data - unofficial. This is not science.
You will find the same success stories relating to almost any other diet. And, you can find stories of people who adhere to a vegan diet will end up with a terrible result. Yes, we believe that a vegan diet has a number of health benefits, many people - but in the short term, before the run short of some nutrients.
A vegan diet is not simply recommends avoiding animal products, but also sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed vegetable oils and trans fats, then people are encouraged to stop smoking and start exercising - there are too many confounding factors that can easily explain all the positive effects. These products - really junk food, in this we agree with the vegan, and rejection of them entails significant advantages. However, plant-based diet, including some food animals (eg, whole egg or fat fish) will be much more useful in the long run than a diet excluding animal products entirely.
The result: a strictly vegan diet is also recommended to avoid eating sugar, refined carbohydrates, vegetable oils and trans-fats. This probably is the reason for the health benefits, rather than the total exclusion of animal products.
5. Fully objective reason to avoid animal products is not
People eat meat for hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of years - we have developed. Our bodies are quite capable to digest, absorb and make full use of a variety of useful substances contained in foods of animal origin.
It is true that pesticides processed meat harms and that the way animals are treated in our days, is not too well. However, animals that feed on natural products (for example, cows have to be fed with grass) and those who are fed on farms unclear what - it's not the same thing.
Processed meat harms, as confirmed by many studies, but this does not apply to natural, unprocessed meat. Unprocessed red meat actually has no relation to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or risk of death. There is only a very weak correlation with increased risk of cancer, and this is probably due to the excessive consumption of food, and not the meat.
Communication saturated fat with heart disease has also not been proved. The study, which was attended by almost 350 thousand people did not find literally no connection between the consumption of saturated fats and cardiovascular diseases. Research eggs also did not confirm the rumors about their negative impact on health. Several long-term studies, conducted relatively frequent consumption is extremely rich in cholesterol eggs, did not reveal any adverse effects.
The fact that animal products - meat, fish, eggs and dairy products - for those who do not have them you are hypersensitive, very nutritious. They contain high-quality protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and a variety of lesser-known nutrients which have a significant impact on human health.
Bottom line: the only reason that you can refuse the use of animal products are aesthetic or religious beliefs, but there is no sound scientific evidence for that.