Veganism, a diet containing no animal-based foods including meat, fish, dairy or eggs, is a growing trend.You can find vegan recipes for just about anything including Thanksgiving turkey. Environmentalists like veganism too.
But this week, a popular vegan blogger stopped being a vegan. Tasha of Voracious Eats was always careful to take iron and Vitamin B12 supplements. But she got sick, and her blood tests showed severe deficiencies:
The results explained perfectly why I had been feeling weak and exhausted for more than 6 months. Whereas I had previously lived for working out and even an hour on the elliptical wasn’t enough for me, lately doing more than 20 minutes at a leisurely pace caused me to yearn to spend the rest of the day in bed recuperating. When I could I slept till noon, I felt lightheaded when I stood up, I couldn’t remember simple words or the names of my friends, and I was freezing cold even in the midst of a sweltering Saudi summer. Of the myriad symptoms I’ve listed here and the ones I will not be describing publicly, the absolute worst of all was my depression. This awful, lifelong foe I’ve been battling on and off was sneaking back into my life, painting the edges of my world a sickening black and stealing the joy that I had fought so desperately to regain.
Her doctor gently explained that while some people thrive on a vegan diet, our bodies do not absorb vitamins and minerals from supplements the way they do from actual food. Fortunately, adding small amounts of meat and eggs to her body resolved every one of her problems.
Reactions from the vegan community included death threats. But Tasha also learned that many advocates of a vegan diet secretly eat some animal protein from time to time. And she is not the only one to quit veganism publicly for health reasons.
In the last part of her post, Tasha explains why veganism won’t solve global warming, because manure is the most effect and sustainable fertilizer for growing all those vegetables.
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