Science and the giant rubber duck… He's watching..
This Christmas just gone by, I went home to the family and wanted to tell them that I had recently become a vegetarian. I was surprised by the response… and not positively. What came next was a series of bizarre questions (mainly based on misunderstandings of what a vegetarian was) and a near constant mockery of vegetarianism… From the idea that animals are supposed to be eaten, to the: ‘don’t you know you will die of lack of protein!’ answers, I pretty quickly got sick of the whole affair. One thing that was pretty shocking though was that one of the worst critics of it is someone I know who works as a doctor in a cancer ward. Her main point was not only that we have evolved to eat animals, so therefore we should (terrifying), but also that vegetarians don’t get enough protein or micronutrients, and I should just give up the whole thing.
So, being a scientist, I decided to re-read a lot of the literature that made me become a vegetarian in the first place, and so I thought I would post a quick guide to some of the health benefits of being a vegetarian and some of the positions taken by major health organisations:
Equivalent intake of vitamins and nutrients – same in both groups
Lower rates of Ischaemic heart disease: