Jan 22, 2020

From a long article contesting the “Game Changers” ideas:

CLAIM #6: Vegetables are nutrient dense superfoods and the foundation of a healthy diet

The Game Changers and vegans believe that vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet. Like most people, they’ve been led to believe that vegetables and health are synonymous.

But these claims do not stack up to reality.

TRUTH: Meat has more of every single nutrient than plants, other than vitamin c. A vegan diet is absent or deficient in many nutrients.

A vegan diet is one of the least healthy things you can do. You are willfully depriving your body and brain of critical nutrients it needs. Some include:

  • B12
  • Retinol
  • Heme iron
  • Zinc
  • DHA
  • Taurine
  • Choline
  • Glycine
  • K2

Even in the circumstances where plants have a comparable amount of a nutrient, it’s often less absorbable. For instance, in the cases where plants and animals have two different forms of the same nutrient, the animal form is ALWAYS the one you need:

  • Retinol vs carotene
  • D3 vs D2
  • Heme iron vs non heme
  • Pyridoxal vs Pyridoxine

Spinach, a food that most people think is the pinnacle of health, has less of almost every nutrient than beef liver. If you want to eat a healthy diet, animal products needs to be the foundation.

Comparison of 100g servings of spinach and animal products
Here is the whole article.