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Wall Street Journal ran a story today debating the pros & cons of being a vegan.  I commented to a friend that it is the same old argument; everytime anyone suggests we consider not eating animals and their by-products.

My friend had a great one liner:

I can’t stop eating animal’s, my brain will stop functioning.

I can’t stop drinking animal fluids, I won’t get enough calcium.

I can’t stop eating dairy, I won’t get enough fat.

“I am too dirty to take a bath.”

Dr. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, spells out in his study in no uncertain terms; that we would all benefit reducing or eliminating animal protein from our diets.  By the way, the China Study was the largest study of the effects of nutrition on a populace every accomplished and spanning decades of data.

Then the counter argument presented by Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, Storrs since 1991, she is a Professor of Nutritional Sciences.

“Individuals who stop eating meat and dairy products are at risk of not getting enough calcium, vitamin D, protein, vitamin B12, zinc and iron in their
diets—all nutrients that come mostly from food products derived from animals.”

Where the hell do you think the cow you ate got his protein?

Eating other cow’s?

What about that 6000 pound elephant in Africa, does he look deficient in protein?  I wonder if he is getting enough calcium

There exist plenty of ways to get a balanced, nutrient diet without eating animals or drinking their fluids.

Calcium.  Not one documented case in the history of the U.S. that someone died from a calcium deficiency.  In fact, if dairy were doing its job so efficiently why do we have osteoporosis?  Not from a lack of intake… It’s because our Standard American Diet is literally sucking the calcium from our bones.

Vitamin D.  Eat some mushrooms, take a vitamin, get some sun.

Zinc/Iron.  Much better ways than meat to get minerals; go to the source.

Protein.  Again and again.  No one is dying of protein deficiencies either.  The average male needs about 35-50 grams a day versus 120 grams+ they are consuming now.  There exists a million different ways to get protein from plants.

Vitamin B12.  Bacteria.  Yeast provides that.  Animals eat the bacteria.

Omega 3.  Fish don’t produce that either.  Comes from plants.  Try some flax seeds or chia seeds.

Your Brain will stop functioning.  Albert Einstein was a vegetarian.  “Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a  vegetarian diet.”

Dr. Nancy Rodriquez funding provided by:

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 2006-2008. $60,000. Role of beef-based diet in modulating skeletal muscle protein turnover and intracellular signaling events during acute calorie deprivation. (Predoctoral Fellowship Award to Lisa Vislocky).

Dairy Management, Inc. 2007-2009. $153,013. Milk’s impact on protein turnover-specific intracellular signaling proteins in human skeletal muscle during recovery from endurance exercise.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  2005-2007. $149,946. The role of beef in reduced calorie diets: mechanisms for regulation of skeletal muscle protein metabolism.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 2006-2008. $60,000. Role of beef-based diet in modulating skeletal muscle protein turnover and intracellular signaling events during acute calorie deprivation.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  2005-2007. $149,946. Mechanisms for regulation of skeletal muscle protein metabolism.

American Egg Board.  2001-2002. $54,400.  Relationship between protein source, exercise training, and protein utilization in healthy men and women.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  1999-2001. $144,537.  Effects of  increasing protein intake on protein utilization in endurance athletes.

Dairy Management Inc. 1996-1997. $53,882.  Milk-based supplementation throughout endurance exercise: Effects on protein utilization.

Wall Street Journal link:

Would We Be Healthier With a Vegan Diet?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444184704577587174077811182.html

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