Found this online debate :
According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%–more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren’t we meant to be carnivores?
Sofar as today , this debate is followed by some 230 comments . A comment that I liked was that posted by Robert GRILLO from http://freefromharm.org :
The answer is no. Humans are absolutely not carnivores and have no biological need to consume animal products of any kind, contrary to popular belief and myth. In 2009, the American Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, the U.S.’s oldest, largest and foremost authority on diet and nutrition, also recognized that humans have no inherent biological or nutritional need for animals products: “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
While a well-balanced vegan diet can easily provide all of the nutrients we need to thrive, that doesn’t mean that all vegans are healthy. Just as people who eat meat, dairy and eggs often suffer from nutrient deficiencies, a poorly planned or junk-food vegan diet can also fail to meet nutritional needs, leading to health problems. Total raw food diets and diets composed of only very-low-fat foods can also make it harder for some people to get all the necessary nutrients. But with the rare exception of someone who suffers from multiple serious plant-food allergies, science now recognizes that a healthy vegan diet is a safe option for everyone.
With the biological and nutritional issues addressed, the only question that remains is an ethical one: If we can live healthy lives without harming anyone, then why wouldn’t we? Why would we instead choose to contribute to the industries that force billions of animals to suffer every year and doom them to a violent slaughterhouse end in their infant or adolescent age? If might does not make right, then right does not make a carnivore.
If you like diet wars and fireworks , see the comments on a mirror post of a mixed and totally uncensored forum :
The protein topic is the most talked about subject in modern nutrition. Doctors and dietitians warn you about getting enough of it. Friends and family scare you by claiming you’ll wither away and die without it [because vegan diets obviously contain none of it! **Sarcasm**]. And the food industry slaps the protein label on the front of almost everything they make so they can sell more of their mostly worthless food products.
So what’s all the fuss about? Is protein some sort of miracle nutrient that keeps the human race from going extinct? Will humans just disappear, vanishing into thin air, if supermarkets fail to stock meat and dairy? More importantly, how does one get protein on a plant-based diet? And how much is enough?
Read the entire article by Dustin Rudolph , together with all the 35 links on :
Have not yet made a blogroll , but I will list today in random order some blogs or sites that I like to follow . Probably will forget a few for the time now , but I will return to update or improve my list here . Practically all of these authors have a related scientific background ( physician , vet , pharmacist , … ) . Some are professionally involved in nutrition and diet , some are still University students . Some authors don’t have background related to diet or nutrition , but are well worth reading or following .
Updated : December 07 , 2013 ( I am thinking to make a light version of this blogroll )
Well worth reading are :
David CAIN , a blogger from NY , just emailed a new topic to his subscribers :
Here in this recent new post he asks his subscribers :
Please tell me in the comments what you would like to see more of here. Even if you never comment, I would love to know what I’ve written about that you’ve especially liked, or what I haven’t written about that you wish I would. A one-liner is fine.
Thank you for your contributions, you make this place what it is.
I discovered David CAIN by stumbling on his 30 day vegan experiment , and I was very impressed with the way he saw things . Funny thing is that he saw these 30 days as another experiment for the sake of experimentation itself , but became a vegan after this experiment .
Here , he started to make a list for not becoming a vegan :
http://www.raptitude.com/2011/02/7-reasons-i-never-went-vegan/ ( 112 comments )
Here he describes his experiment :
And as I understand it , he is still vegan till today , at least 100% when he is at home . When he is a guest , it seems to me , he is not 100% vegan ( but every other assumption remains unclear from his wording ). This is the most recent comment about his diet that I could find on these two threads posted here above :
Comment by David CAIN on December 25 , 2012 :
All the food I make is vegan. At restaurants I will usually order vegetarian unless there is a decent vegan option. I do not want to support bad vegan food. It does more harm than good. When I am a guest I will eat what is offered to me. I don’t want anyone to make something special for me.
The Blog Articles and the Comments are all very interesting , this time not for the nutritional aspects of the diet , but above all for the discussions on the ethical aspect of being a vegan . The comments are not censored and David always responds in a very intelligent way to objections . Lots of testimonies from vegan people also . I spent hours … and hours reading through all the comments .
So have a look over there on the excellent blog of this great blogger . You will not regret it .
Update Nov 20 , 2013 : David CAIN is being interviewed here :
My mirror post is on