6 of the Biggest Lies Most Vegans Believe (#4 is the Worst!)

Photo credit: bigstock.com

Photo credit: bigstock.com

Sometimes it seems as if there is a war going on between vegans and meat eaters. Those who eat meat and dairy products believe eating only plants is unhealthy and/or unnatural. Vegans saying that meat eaters are disgusting and eating meat is unnatural.

Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.

Most vegans believe what they are saying because they are repeating what they have been told, but the truth of the matter is that most vegans are never told the whole truth.

Vegan diets do work well for some people. This article isn’t to say that every diet is for every person. Some people are lactose intolerant, others can’t tolerate any type of nuts, and still others choke and gag at the mere thought of peas.

If a certain food, or even a group of foods, is not for you, then don’t eat it. But for most people, a vegan diet is simply not the healthiest choice.

Let’s take a look at the top lies most vegan advocates use to spread fear in an attempt to convince people that eating meat is unhealthy.

 

1. Vegan Diets Supply the Human Body with All Necessary Nutrients

Well, this is simply not true as most vegans find out sooner or later. Nutrient deficiencies are extremely common among those eating a vegan diet. The most severe and problematic deficiencies are:

  • Vitamin B12 – Deficiency of this vitamin is found in 83 percent of vegans and can cause very serious health problems.
  • Iron – Most vegans have only 1/3 of the necessary iron in their blood.
  • Vitamin D – Lack of it is said to be observed in 74 percent of vegans.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – just slightly more than a half of vegans has lower levels of EPA and DHA as compared to meat eaters.

    These are just some of the most important vitamin deficiencies. This is a scientific fact, not an opinion.

healthy food

Photo credit: bigstock.com

Advertisement

2.  Vegans are Healthier Than Meat Eaters

There is no doubt that there are numerous studies showing that vegan and vegetarian diets have substantial health benefits.

Although vegan advocates would like to tell you that this is due to a lack of animal protein, this is simply not the whole story. It’s like saying lasagna is made with pasta. Well, it is, but there is certainly a great many more ingredients than just pasta!

What other things do vegans cut out of their diet that makes them “healthier”?

  • Refined grains – Most vegans eat only whole grains. Refined grains lead to spikes in blood sugar, weight gain, and insulin resistance.
  • Refined sugar – Can cause insulin resistance and fatty liver as well as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
  • Trans-fats – These are extremely harmful to the body and are linked to many chronic diseases including heart disease and stroke.
  • Vegetable oils– Highly inflammatory, filled with unhealthy levels of Omega-6 fatty acids, and the leading cause of oxidative damage.

Many vegans also remove processed foods from their diets, which are low in nutrition as well as being high in sugar, trans-fats, and artificial chemicals.

Most of the benefits of a vegan diet come from the removal of the above ingredients and not the exclusion of animal protein.

Photo credit: bigstock.com

Photo credit: bigstock.com

3. The Human Body is Not Designed to Eat Animal Protein

You might have heard vegans saying that humans are herbivores by nature, and that our bodies have an extremely difficult time while digesting animal protein. This is an outright lie. Humans have been eating animal meat for millions of years. Our bodies are perfectly capable of making full use of the nutrients in animal protein.

 

SEE ALSO: Switch to Grass Fed Meat: 5 Reasons Why You Should

Advertisement

 

If anything, facts show that the human digestive system is nothing like herbivores. We have short colons and very long yet small intestines with lots of hydrochloric acid in our stomachs to break down animal meat. The different lengths of our digestive systems are in the middle between the lengths of herbivores and carnivores, which means that we are naturally designed to be omnivores.

The fact that vegans cannot survive without B12 supplements or B12 supplemental foods is proof enough that a vegan diet is not natural and that humans are actually not designed to live strictly on plants.

red meat

Photo credit: bigstock.com

4. Eating Meat is the Cause of Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Cancer

This is a scare tactic that is absolutely false.

Most of these chronic diseases are relatively new to our world. Before 1930, heart disease was almost unheard of. Type 2 diabetes began increasing at a rapid rate starting in about the 1970’s.  Cancer has been steadily rising for at least the past 60 years.

Now you might hear vegans saying that meat and dairy is the root cause of these health problems but consider this; meat is a very, very old food and these health problems are pretty new to the scene.

It makes no sense to blame old foods on new diseases.

There have also been numerous studies showing that meat is not the root cause of any of the diseases known to modern man.

The link between meat and cancer is only related to the way meat is cooked. Meat that is burned, seared, or blackened is linked to higher rates of stomach cancer, but not the meat itself.

Two studies, one involving more than 1.2 million people and the other with nearly a half million subjects, found absolutely no link between unprocessed meat and either heart disease or diabetes.

protein foods

Photo credit: bigstock.com

5. High Protein Diets Will Kill You

Vegans really hate high protein, low carb diets.

This is understandable when you consider that high protein diets mean consuming lots of the foods that vegans don’t want you to eat.

You might find it interesting that someone did a study comparing high protein diets and low fat vegetarian diets. This controlled study is often referred to as the “A to Z Study.”

After a one year period it was found that those on the high protein diets:

  • Lost more weight than those on the vegetarian diet
  • Had lower overall blood pressure than those on the vegetarian diet
  • Had greater increases in their HDL (good) cholesterol levels
  • Had lower levels of triglycerides
  • Were much more likely to stick to their high protein diet

And this was just one study. There are more that show similar results. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to back up vegan claims that high protein diets are unhealthy or that they could do you any harm.

Healthy Diet. Flax Seeds

Photo credit: bigstock.com

6. Vegan Diets Reverse Heart Disease

Vegans state over and over that a plant only diet is the one and only diet proven to reverse and prevent heart disease.

Although they base this claim on two studies, done by Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn, these two studies are flawed.

1. Ornish asked his subjects to change more than just their diets. His subjects stopped smoking, began exercising, and doing daily meditation, among other things. His diet was also not vegan, merely low fat vegetarian. (Meaning that these subjects still ate dairy and eggs.)

2. Esselystyn’s study involved only 22 people and had no control group. They also used large doses of statin drugs which lower cholesterol levels.

Since these studies involved the use of drugs and other changes besides simply a change of diet, they can hardly be held up as perfect examples of the reversal of heart disease!

Some people turn vegan to protest the way in which meat animals are born, raised, fed, and slaughtered. No one can argue that point. If your main objective is the better treatment of animals, say so. But to try to manipulate people into going vegan by using scare tactics is just plain wrong and serves no purpose.

References:

Ajcn.nutrition.org

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Ije.oxfordjournals.org

  • Luis Hernandez

    You’re entitled to your own opinions, which this is, but not your own facts, which this is not.

    • Star Exvius

      That’s your opinion

  • Nic

    This article is complete utter bullshit. This should not be allowed to be published. You are giving out misinformation. Now let’s talk about why.
    For one you are using the words vegan and vegetarian interchangeably when they are in fact 2 different things! Why do I say that? Because the article is supposedly about vegans but when you start talking about a “study” comparing protein you use day vegetarian which isn’t even the topic. You also refer to meat as old food and say humans have been eating it for millions of years! That is completely false as no one has any evidence to support us being here for a million years! Not even close! Even the oldest civilization of the world ancient Mesopotamia was only around 7,000 years ago! And in there own writings they believed we were created about 450,000 years ago. And that is the oldest reference I have seen anywhere to the beginning of man so no we haven’t been eating meat for millions of years.
    Next let’s look at the fact that you site some “study” again and say there is no direct link link between “UNPROCESSED” meat and any modern disease. First of all that is a lie! Second of all the vast majority of meat found in stores today is “PROCESSED” so that is a pointless study to call out. (Yea like 95% +)
    Simple Google search will point out that vegetarians on average live about 7 years longer (women) and about 10 years longer (men) seriously Google it. RIGHT NOW!!! PLEASE!!!
    Now anyway I’ve already wasted too much time on this piece of crap article that is very poorly researched.but I have to point out one last thing. When you talk about our digestive system you LIED again. Our digestive system is only medium in the sense that we are medium sized creatures. But it is actually the exact same size in comparison to our body and that of other herbivores! Please do a simple google search to find this information readily available! Please take this crap down. If you wish to bash vegan isn as a lifestyle atleast do it with real facts and don’t make up a bunch of non-sense.
    Good day.

    • Mark McKarrion

      Everything you just posted there is complete nonsense. Dumb vegan.

    • Aaron Owens

      They have proven through other methods that humans gave eaten meat for over 2 million years. You should take 5 minutes to do a little research.

  • Anto

    My personal opinion (I’m a qualified nutrition therapist) is that both diets, vegan and omnivore, have their good points, and on balance, for me, a vegan diet is better. I’m 70 yo and at risk for prostate cancer and flesh foods are better avoided by men in this situation.
    I’m not convinced by the claims that a vegan diet must lead to nutritional deficiencies, I suspect that such deficiencies might be attributable to incorrect eating habits interfering with proper digestion and absorption, unrelated to the vegan diet.
    Note: I’m talking about a balanced, HEALTHY, vegan diet, not just eliminating animal foods.

    • cattlewrangler .

      Since when does a nutrition therapist give claims that only doctors are qualified to give? Stick with fornaluating diets and stay away from the false doctor advice.

      • Anto

        Sorry to contradict you there cattlewrangler but this is exactly the sort of opinion we’re trained to give, and if you know any medical doctors and ask them they’ll tell you they’re not qualified in the field of nutrition.
        As for formulating diets, you’re confusing nutrition therapy with dietetics, a completely different discipline. Hope that helps, feel free to get back to me if you want any more info.

    • SIGmund Fried

      Nutrition therapist? How many years and how much money did you waste on that?

      • Anto

        It was a 3 year fulltime course back then (95-97), don’t know about now. How much money? couldn’t say. It was comparable to what I paid for my uni degree subjects – per subject that is, my uni studies were a few years longer. Hope this helps SF.

  • B_Realist

    Great article. Homo Sapiens 200k Years. Hominids 2.5 million. Strong evidence supported by every living anthropologist. Lol. http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/human-fossils/species/homo-sapiens

  • Eugeniu Sofroni

    Fake news !!!

  • Chris
  • Covfefeghost

    Always knew vegans were full of ?

  • Anto

    OTOH animals bioconcentrate contaminants found on plants; a steak dinner is going to contain 10-100 times the amount of glyphosate, PCBs, lead, mercury, . . . that a vegetable meal will.
    And as those with breast cancer or low-grade prostate cancer will tell you, all animal foods – meat, eggs, dairy – contain oestrogen which will aggravate the cancer and tend to make it aggressive.