Another day another article today its express.co.uk and their article – Vegan diet warning: Beware THIS unexpected side-effect of SUDDENLY ditching meat and dairy.
Ok so obviously this one is click bait the unexpected side effect they are warning about is – Hair loss. They say correctly that the rise of veganism is “attributed to environmental and health concerns, as well a host of celebrity fans including Natalie Portman and Jared Leto”. They could have chosen more reliable celebrities like Paul McCartney or Ellen… but I digress. They say the diet has been linked to weight loss, increased energy better heart health and a lower risk of cancer. So far so proven.
However – “cutting out several food groups at once can be detrimental to your health.” Uh oh, I guess we are all in trouble now! Without the protein-rich meats and fish, the hair cells will not renew and will not be healthy! We won’t be able to form the keratin from the proteins we get in our food. Isn’t it terrible that there is no protein in plant-based foods? … Oh, wait!
The resident nutritionist for express.co.uk suggests that “that if you want to remove animal protein from your diet to ensure you consume enough plant-based protein.” Yes because veganism is an impulsive decision and vegans rarely consider their health or nutrition status.
Another risk with veganism is that you may become deficient in b12 and calcium! Well, I guess us vegans are very lucky that lots of plant foods are fortified with B12. For example, rice and soy beverages, plant-derived meat substitutes, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, and nutritional yeast.(oh and how a vegan loves nutritional yeast) And isn’t nature just wonderful that we can get 50% of our RDI of calcium in 1 cup of orange juice!
Then you get to the point of the article it is recommended that you take a supplement not just any supplement but – “Nature’s Plus Source of Life Garden Vitamin B12.” Well thanks, express.co.uk but I don’t need nature plus when I’ve got nature 1.0.