While there is a worldwide debate on vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism and each one has its pros and cons, a small percentage of the world has taken it a notch above vegetarianism and switched to a strict vegan lifestyle as far as food habits are concerned.
Veganism is basically vegetarianism minus any dairy products either. So, they consume everything that doesn’t come from animals directly or indirectly. So, while a vegetarian eats paneer and yogurt and drinks milk and buttermilk, a vegan has the option of soya milk, tofu and the likes.
While vegetarians manage their optimum nutrition intake from various sources keeping their caloric intake in mind like non-vegetarians, vegans could have a slight issue there. I or anyone else is no one to dictate the ethical beliefs of anyone at all, but here are certain contentions against vegan diets. It’s spectacular if vegans can overcome them with supplements and right vegan choices of course.
- Vegans are often deficient in a few nutrients: Animal protein being an important one that is helpful in bodily functions, creatine needed for muscle and brain function, carnosine needed to protect the body against fast ageing, DHA, saturated fat and cholesterol that are required by the body and effect the production of testosterone. Reportedly Vegans are the lowest on testosterone levels.
- There are no scientific studies showing that vegan diets are better than the rest, though many studies do show how other diets have been particularly helpful in a variety of aspects.
- Propagators of veganism are more often than not animal rights activists and they usually have a rather biased undertone to their claims that may necessarily not be true or scientific. There has been serious cherry picking of data by Vegan activists around the world to prove that other diets are harmful to the human body, which is absolutely false. Science cannot and should not be based on external influence of the mind and neglecting of crucial facts should be a definite no as well. The studies cited by vegans are debunked by real scientific studies and are no longer valid points of contention.
- While you may see plenty of vegans swear by their diets and how it has helped them in so and so aspects of health, we must always remember that these are merely anecdotal evidence and not science. I’m not saying they’re lying, but every body is different and while it may have worked for some people, it wouldn’t for others. Each and every variation and kind of diet has such success stories that again are nothing more than anecdotal evidence and unless science doesn’t prove it, it is up to your beliefs, ethics and understanding of things alone.
By the end of the day we humans need an optimal diet that works best for us, then it is great if you can manage it with a non-vegetarian diet, vegetarian diet or vegan diet as long as you are not deprived of your optimal nutrition.