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Damned Health Nazis

An American study by the United States Agricultural Research Service claims that vegan diets affects the mental and physical development of children:
Professor Allen said: "There have been sufficient studies clearly showing that when women avoid all animal foods, their babies are born small, they grow very slowly and they are developmentally retarded, possibly permanently."

"If you're talking about feeding young children, pregnant women and lactating women, I would go as far as to say it is unethical to withhold these foods [animal source foods] during that period of life."

She was especially critical of parents who imposed a vegan lifestyle on their children, denying them milk, cheese, butter and meat.

"There's absolutely no question that it's unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans," she told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Now I don't know anything about the study but the response by the Vegan Society in the UK, in no way addresses the concerns that the study highlights:
In a statement, it said increasing numbers of people were opting for a plant-based diet.

Kostana Azmi, the chief executive officer, said: "The vegan diet can provide you with more energy, nutrition, and is bursting with goodness."

She said plant sources were sometimes a safer, and cheaper source of nutrients.

For instance, animal sources of omega-3 oils, needed for the development of the brain and nervous system, were often contaminated with pollutants, such as mercury in fish.

In addition, the vegan diet was often a healthier alternative. She said dairy and meat products were rich in saturated fat, while plant based diets were low in it.

The society does recommend that vegans supplement their diet with vitamin B-12 pills.

The US Agricultural Research Service is part of the US Department of Agriculture.
Bursting with goodness? What the hell kind of response is that?

6 comments:

angry_in_t_o said...

Evolution is very efficient. We're not built like a luxury car with features you never need to use. If we can eat meat, then we should eat meat. 'Nuff said.

Christopher said...

The very fact that being a vegan requires you to take vitamins illustrates what an unnatural thing it is to do to the human body.

Dana said...

Christopher:

Your point seems so painfully obvious that I'm embarrassed I didn't notice it.

soup2 said...

After I read the other comments I noticed the google ads on the side. Considering the post you made I thought they were pretty funny.

Soup

Christopher said...
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Christopher said...

*laughs*

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