T. Colin Campbell debates professor of nutritional sciences Nancy Rodriguez on the merits of a vegan diet. It’s not the most interesting read, but it’s in the Wall Street Journal, which outright asks, “Would We Be Healthier with a Vegan Diet?” I love it when mainstream right-of-center news outlets take us seriously. It’s like an absent parent suddenly showering you with affection (Even a crappy plastic toy still counts as as love, RIGHT?):
But whatever you currently like to eat, digging into some of the issues that define this debate could be good for your health. Indeed, there’s obviously more at stake here than pleasing our taste buds.
We know, WSJ, we know!
Debating the scientific merits of a vegan diet with the Wall Street Journal »
When even Rupert Murdoch’s favorite news producer wants an excuse to be vegan, you know we’ve arrived. The Wall Street Journal invites two professors of nutritional science, the delightful T. Colin Campbell and Nancy Rodriguez, to argue for and against a vegan diet.
The dairy industry has long promoted the myth that milk and milk products promote increased bone health—but the opposite is true. The evidence is now abundantly convincing that higher consumption of dairy is associated with higher rates of bone fracture and osteoporosis.
It’s also worth noting that the government recommendations for certain population groups to increase their protein and iron consumption come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an agency long known to be subservient to the meat and dairy industries.
I’ve always been a welfare vegan, but it’s nice to have science on our side, for the humanists.
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