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Our Back Catalogue (101-200)

“Scientists claim Paleo diet is nonsense” is nonsense (19/Sep/15) - Did our brains evolve on a high-carb diet of spuds? or are the newspapers turning our heads to mash? We respond to misleading headlines. Continue reading
August News Round-Up (31/Aug/15) - Gluten-free junk food on NHS; Jamie Oliver calls for sugar tax; Butter better than margarine; Fish oils for schizophrenia; Vit-D and MS Continue reading
Why no one should eat grains. Part 2 – The definitive guide to Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (27/Aug/15) - A detailed examination of the current science on this recently recognised gluten pathology. Includes new videos from world class researchers. Continue reading
Goodwood Wins Cheese Award (13/Aug/15) - Goodwood gain 'Best Organic Cheese' and a gold medal for their organic Charlton Farmhouse cheese. Continue reading
July News Round-Up (30/Jul/15) - Cod stocks recover. Iodine deficiency in pregnancy. Cauliflower rice. Sugar - the public health debate. Continue reading
Seafood, Sex and Evolution (3 videos) (24/Jul/15) - Watch our recent public talk on the role of seafood in brain health, evolution and female sexiness. (Three videos) Continue reading
Ray Wings with Sauteed Summer Vegetables (20/Jul/15) - A lovely fish with a delicate flavour - easy to cook and easy to eat. A light treat for summer with a medley of vegetables. Continue reading
Summer Berry Jellies (3/Jul/15) - Easy to make and classy - low sugar versions of traditional English deserts, including fruit and cream jellies and blancmanges. Continue reading
Summer Talk: “Seafood’s place in the human diet” – VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE (1/Jul/15) - Don't worry if you missed this wonderful evening - we have now released videos of this amazing presentation - see post below. Continue reading
June news roundup (30/Jun/15) - Trans-fat ban. Berries for obesity. Diet at conception alters genes for life. Antibiotics cause obesity. Paleo recipes. Zero carb. Continue reading
VIDEO: Harvard Scientist Supports U-Turn on Dietary Fats (26/Jun/15) - It looks like 40 years of advice to limit fat consumption to less than 30% of calories has been quietly retired! A Harvard scientist explains why it's a good move. Continue reading
Why no one should eat grains. Part 1 – The tip of the Iceberg (23/Jun/15) - Understand coeliac disease and you will know why eating gluten is playing Russian roulette with your health. Continue reading
10 low-carb breakfast ideas (17/Jun/15) - A bunch of brekkies to get you going that will banish the munchies 'til lunchies... :-) Continue reading
The chemical warfare on your plate (7/Jun/15) - The fascinating story of how natural insecticides in plants can be good for us, but how wheat has evolved the ability to turn an insect's immune system against itself... oh, and us. Continue reading
May News Round-Up (31/May/15) - Vitamin D deficiency in sunny climes, Dark chocolate helps weight loss, Salt does not raise BP Continue reading
Baked lemon cheese cake (27/May/15) - A versatile low-carb baked cheesecake recipe with a grain-free base. Continue reading
Adventures in mushroomland (7/May/15) - A wide range of exotic mushrooms is now available in UK supermarkets, but which are the best? Continue reading
Upcoming one day conference: B12 & Thyroid Disease – May 16th (3/May/15) - Four great speakers will explain the importance of vitamin B12 in health and question the Medical establishment's intransigence on this critical subject. Continue reading
April News Round-Up (29/Apr/15) - Cheese keeps French hearts healthy; Eggs reduce diabetes risk; lack of sun in UK kids; Organic farming sequesters carbon Continue reading
Sleep & Health: part 1 – Sleep’s central role (26/Apr/15) - Why sleep quality is one of the most significant health factors within your control. Continue reading
Why April 15th is D-Day in the south of England (12/Apr/15) - To get your vitamin D levels up you need to get out in the sun at the right time of day. Continue reading
Afifah in the kitchen with eggs and a mixing bowl Workshop 30th April: Cooking for Reduced Autoimmunity (10/Apr/15) - Recipes, cooking demos, food tasting and ideas for anti-inflammatory and low immunogenic diets. Continue reading
Grain free bread soldiers dipping in a boiled egg Keto bread (1/Apr/15) - WOW! A grain-free white loaf so you can have soldiers with your boiled egg on Easter Sunday. (Phew - Just in the nick of time!) Continue reading
March News Round-Up (31/Mar/15) - Herbal Medicine under threat; BBC make good on sugar documentary; Eat fat get thin. Continue reading
The Balanced Diet Argument – Just Another Straw Man (30/Mar/15) - Why paleo, primal and gluten-free diets are actually re-balancing British nutrition. Continue reading
United Nations University Logo The United Nations University has published one of our blog posts! (28/Mar/15) - take a look at it here [UPDATE: Now also reblogged at Resilience] Continue reading
Participants standing round our first low-carb cookery demonstration Our first kitchen workshop: Low-Carb Family Food (22/Mar/15) - A review of my first kitchen workshop; Feedback from participants and dates for future events. Continue reading
Chalk Valley Eaterie store front Pasture fed meat comes to the high street (16/Mar/15) - Afifah discovers a burger-bar in Southampton, who's farmer-owner wants to make ancestral nutrition available to everyone. Continue reading
Reducing sugary drinks improves kids’ livers in just ten days (11/Mar/15) - New study showed rapid liver improvement when sugary drinks removed from children's diets. (INFOGRAPHIC) Continue reading
February News Round-Up (8/Mar/15) - Bone broth in New York fashion week; Why national fat guidelines were wrong; NICE recommends more sun exposure Continue reading
Chocolate truffles (8/Mar/15) - These delicious after-dinner sweetmeats are a nutritious powerhouse, and can even fit into a ketogenic diet Continue reading
Workshop 20th March: Preparing Grain-Free and Low-Carb Meals for the Whole Family (7/Mar/15) - SOLD OUT - Further events like this are planned for Thu 30th April and Sat 13th June - pre-book soon 01243 868108 Continue reading
New Front Page (24/Feb/15) - Welcome to the new-look front-page, showcasing our latest and greatest content. Continue reading
Why home-grown food is up to ten times better than arable crops (20/Feb/15) - Study shows that UK allotments and gardens are more productive and fertile than farmland. Continue reading
We are updating the blog (19/Feb/15) - the new header image is in place (above), and a new front page is on the way! Bear with us while we make the changes! Continue reading
Pannage pig in the New Forest Pork – tradition and nutrition (8/Feb/15) - Following her appearance on BBC4's Any Questions, Afifah looks at the nutritional value of pork. She reports on little-known health benefits, even for bacon. Continue reading
Sea-food Skewers (9/Dec/14) - A tasty starter: low carb and grain free. Continue reading
A pretty amazing food just got a whole lot prettier (7/Dec/14) - Wow! Our local organic egg farm has just started offering these beautiful multi-coloured hens eggs! Continue reading
Why we pass on the semi-skimmed and low-fat dairy (26/Nov/14) - Recent study finds that full-fat dairy products are associated with reduced obesity. Continue reading
Healing Rituals in West Sussex / Syphilis and War (8/Nov/14) - Healing rituals in West Sussex and Syphilis and War Continue reading
Animal products that protect you from UV damage (2/Nov/14) - Evidence that compounds in a range of animal products can protect the skin from UV damage and cancer. Continue reading
Human photosynthesis – beyond vitamin D (2/Nov/14) - New evidence demonstrates that sunshine on the skin synthesises nitric oxide, leading to significant cardiovascular benefits. Continue reading
NY Times: “Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain?” (17/Oct/14) - This is a great article looking at the links between gluten and brain disorders. Recommended! Continue reading
Fothergill, Lettsom, Priestly / Scrofula, Gout and Dropsy (14/Oct/14) - Today we enjoyed the inaugural Dr Brian Owen-Smith Memorial Lecture, given by Dr Nicholas Cambridge MD FSA FLS FRSA. Continue reading
Autumn Seminar 2014 (post 2) – Dr Malcolm Kendrick video pt1 Ten Key Contradictions (12/Oct/14) - Here, at last, is the video of Malcolm Kendrick’s first presentation: ten key contradictions that show why the cholesterol hypothesis is wrong. This talk was originally recorded on 27th September 2014, 7:40pm at the Assembly Rooms Chichester, West Sussex, England in … Continue reading
Autumn Seminar 2014 (post 1) – In defence of cholesterol (12/Oct/14) - A great essay debunking cholesterol by an 18 year old student. Continue reading
Gluten and Schizophrenia – does it all start in the womb? (12/Oct/14) - Research is now identifying how schizophrenia starts in the womb Maternal infections and dietary antigens such as gluten are implicated A key immune molecule C1q has been identified which links schizophrenia, gluten and neuronal development in the unborn child Evidence … Continue reading
Five Spice Squid with Roast Aubergine (8/Oct/14) - Squid tubes make a great substitute for pasta, - a real boon for a grain-free or low-carb meal Continue reading
How the agricultural revolution was history’s biggest fraud (10/Sep/14) - Radio 4, Book of the week: “Sapiens:  a brief history of human kind” Listen again (only available for 6 more days!) An important chapter in an important book. If you miss this narrow window to listen to it on the … Continue reading
Can’t wait for these easy-peasy fermentation jars to be available! (4/Sep/14) - Kickstarter company offers a new and easy way to make your own lacto-fermented vegetables As many of you will know I recommend fermented vegetables for their health benefits, tangy deliciousness and as great way to preserve a glut of summer vegetables. One … Continue reading
Avocado eggs! (24/Aug/14) - This dish is a revelation - eggs, cheese, avocados - what's not to like? Continue reading
Dr Malcolm Kendrick – Autumn Seminar – Tickets now available (7/Aug/14) - . For our 2014 Autumn Seminar we are very pleased to present Dr Malcolm Kendrick, author, speaker and blogger, who will expose the myths and misunderstanding around cholesterol and heart disease. This talk is not to be missed whether you simply wish to … Continue reading
Moist Lemon and Cardamom Sponge (22/Jul/14) - A succulent sponge, ideal for any special occasion and without a grain in sight! Continue reading
Safari in deepest Sussex – now you can experience the Knepp re-wilding project for yourself! (19/Jul/14) - From glamping in a sepherd's hut to night safaris led by bat experts - Knepp estate now offers many ways to experience the UK's top re-wilding success story. Continue reading
Vitamin A from animal sources – more good news (27/Jun/14) - Studies show vitamin A may prevent obesity, diabetes, and protect the heart - but Beta-carotene may counteract vitamin A health benefits. Continue reading
Raw milk risks – putting them in perspective (15/Jun/14) - So straight up: there are risks of consuming raw milk. Lets not pretend otherwise. Raw milk may contain pathogens which can cause pretty unpleasant infections including Salmonella and Listeria. Milk is an excellent medium for growing bacteria, and consequently there are outbreaks … Continue reading
Public Talks – 2014 update (10/Jun/14) - Venue: Bassil Shippam Centre, Tozer Way, Chichester,PO19 7LG Time: Friday, 7:30-10:00pm (doors open at 7:15) Cost: £6.00 inc tea/coffee Fri 11th July Glutens This not-to-be-missed seminar on one of the hottest topics in nutrition will update our 2013 sell-out talk “Cereal Killers” and fully clarify this … Continue reading
Milk & Alcohol – was the good Doctor on to something? (27/May/14) - Milk and alcohol - which featured in Dr Feelgood's 1978 hit of the same name - have opposing effects on gut health. Continue reading
Why were ancient teeth healthier than ours? (3/May/14) - Unpicking the complexities of how human oral health changed with the advent of agriculture. Continue reading
Coconut sponge cake (26/Apr/14) - Gluten free, even grain free, doesn't mean you can't bake a perfect sponge... try this one and see. Continue reading
Brain-Damaged UK Victims of Swine Flu Vaccine to Get £60 Million Compensation (3/Mar/14) - Patients who suffered brain damage as a result of taking a swine flu vaccine are to receive multi-million-pound payouts from the UK government… The Pandemrix vaccine was manufactured by pharmaceuticals giant Glaxo Smith Kline, which refused to supply governments unless … Continue reading
Is Low-Carb really Normo-Carb? (25/Feb/14) - Looking at the effects of high and low-carb diets on glucose, insulin and free fatty acids suggests low carb diets are normal. Continue reading
New Study Vindicates William Davis: Modern Wheat is more Toxic than Ancient Varieties (16/Feb/14) - Study shows modern wheat aggravates IBS more than ancient strains. Continue reading
Low carb chips, made from swede Low-Carb Chips (6/Feb/14) - Low carb chips can be made from low carb root vegetables. Our favourites, and the lowest carb variety, are made from turnip or swede (rutabaga*).
Sugar on Trial on Trial (2/Feb/14) - When it comes to nutrition it seems once again that TV's mantra is "Never let facts get in the way of a good story" Continue reading
The Now Show – Sugar Lobby sketch (25/Jan/14) - Radio 4's The Now Show, poke fun at Big-Sugar's lobbying of Government food policy... Brilliant! Give it a listen! Continue reading
Ketogenic Diet and Cancer (24/Jan/14) - I came across this neat little report on the ketogenic diet in cancer about a year ago, but it has just cropped up again so I thought I would put it on my blog (as well as a couple of other videos … Continue reading
Anyone for Paleo Pud? (Berry nice thank you!) (21/Jan/14) - Of all the fruits we eat, berries are the closest to their wild counterparts. Here's a great way to serve them. Continue reading
Afifah’s Radio 4 Rant Captures Public Imagination (19/Jan/14) - I didn’t phone in to Any Answers to talk about cancer, but at the mention of that word I was phased out and cut off. I was going to make a different contribution to the subject of the food industry but Julian Worricker posed a specific … Continue reading
Desertification – Agriculture’s Inevitable Destination? (6/Dec/13) - research from the University of Colorado shows how soil microbes have been decimated by agriculture. Continue reading
Marrow Bones (27/Nov/13) - Cheap, delicious and nutritious. Bone marrow was a key Palaeolithic food. Continue reading
An orthodox paediatrician on vaccines (25/Nov/13) - This orthodox paediatrician, from America, shows a refreshingly intelligent reflection about the vexed matter of childhood vaccinations. Above is the shortened version of this interview. Below is a link to the full hour-long version. It is pretty thorough, very thought promoting, … Continue reading
November 9th 2013 (23/Nov/13) - Lecture 1: World War 1 and the birth of Maxillo-Facial Surgery by Colonel Michael Williams; Lecture 2: Did the President of the Royal College of Physicians help Churchill win the war? by Dr Anthony Eisinger FRCP Continue reading
WSHoMSoc lectures October 26th (9/Nov/13) - (2013) "The History of the Study of Human Movement" - Mike Whittle, and "Dracula: Myth and Medicine"- Fiona Subotsky Continue reading
WSHoMSoc lectures Oct 12th (26/Oct/13) - Hooray, the West Sussex History of Medicine Society autumn lecture season has begun! I am looking forward to reporting on these gems combining as they do knowledgeable speakers, historical topics and academic investigation. On Saturday 12th Oct we launched the term … Continue reading
New study vindicates Weston A Price (20/Oct/13) - Scientists identify Price's 'Displacing Foods of Commerce' as ideal for inducing full-blown metabolic syndrome in rats. Continue reading
Re-wilding Our Food (2/Sep/13) - The re-wilding project at Knepp Castle in West Sussex is a pioneering example of using farm animals to maximise biodiversity. Continue reading
Calorie Counting vs Meal Timing (31/Aug/13) - Why a high protein breakfast might work better than calorie counting. Continue reading
Mistletoe in Cancer (20/Aug/13) - This legendary herb of the druids has been shown to have anti-cancer properties in multiple studies. Continue reading
Tickets now on sale! (12/Aug/13) - An unmissable evening of talks and presentations by leading authors and permaculture pioneers explaining how pasture can Save Farming * Solve Global Warming * Feed the World   Increase Biodiversity * Re-Green the Deserts * Improve your Health! Graham Harvey (Agricultural journalist and … Continue reading
Seventh Food & Health Group Meeting – Vitamin D (12/Aug/13) - By contrived coincidence our vitamin D talk was held on the Summer Solstice June 21st. In the first set of slides, above, we look at the role of vitamin D in the body, vitamin D status – as indicated by the levels of … Continue reading
MRSA linked to anti-biotic use in farm animals (6/Jul/13) - People who work with livestock on modern industrial farms have a much higher incidence of harbouring methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) Continue reading
What’s Better Than Strawberries & Cream? (1/Jul/13) - ✓Low-carb ✓Gluten-free ✓Nut free ✓Ketogenic ✘Lactose-free Answer: Cream and Strawberries of course! It’s simply a matter of where you put the emphasis. Long gone are the days when I saw cream as a dangerous and indulgent addition to virtuous and … Continue reading
'Born to Run' COver image, (c) Nature, Nov. 2004 (link to article) Endurance Running and Superior Throwing Provide Evidence of Man’s Evolutionary Diet (29/Jun/13) - Humans are the best long distance runners in the animal kingdomand have superior throwing ability Continue reading
An Illustrated Guide to 66 Types of Cheese (12/Jun/13) - Someone called Liz Stinson appears to be responsible for this wonderful piece of work which I found on Wired. I love it (cheese fan that I am).
Sixth Food & Health Group Meeting – Stress (6/Jun/13) - If you missed the sixth Food and Health talk, or simply wish to look over it again, you can browse the PowerPoint slides in a low-res web format (see below) For some people the subject of ‘stress’ was not an obvious one for the … Continue reading
My New Business Cards (6/Jun/13) - These are my new business cards, designed for me by Keir, and produced by moo.com. The actual cards are even better with rounded corners and a glossy finish. Aren’t they lovely?
Saturated Fat Exonerated (30/May/13) - Latest scientific review admits 'we got it wrong' Continue reading
Andrew Wakefield on The Welsh Measles Outbreak – in his own words. (28/Apr/13) - Discredited villain speaks out. Don't listen to him. Continue reading
Fifth Food & Health Group Meeting – Sugar (17/Apr/13) - 30th March, 2:30pm – 40 attendees The reason for covering the subject of sugar on this occasion was partly due to the recent visit of Professor Robert Lustig to England, and partly because it was Easter. Many countries have seen an exponential increase in sugar consumption over the … Continue reading
Bang goes the BBC’s credibility: Sugar on trial? (4/Apr/13) - How low can infotainment sink. Science took a back seat in this BBC 'documentary' Continue reading
GP Training – Breast Examination (20/Mar/13) - Every Thursday I attend GP education and training sessions at Chichester Medical Education Centre which is part of St Richard’s Hospital. I have done so for the past four or five years. Indeed the CMEC website has the above image of … Continue reading
The book of the week on radio 4 (19/Mar/13) - Listen Again on the BBC radio player to The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond. Continue reading
In the press – full fat milk less fattening than skimmed (18/Mar/13) - Skimmed milk 'doesn't stop toddlers getting fat': Children who drink whole milk actually gain fewer pounds - Daily Mail Continue reading
Fourth Food & Health Group Meeting – Fats (17/Mar/13) - Our fourth meeting was perhaps the most important we have held so far. Dietary fats, especially saturated fats, have had such bad press for decades that the public perception towards them is an immediate, almost visceral repulsion. Just about everyone will tell you, as … Continue reading
Cholesterol – Sunny Side Up (21/Feb/13) - The good side of the bad stuff. Cholesterol ain't what we were all led to believe. Continue reading
Mouth Microbes – Diet and Dentists (21/Feb/13) - Ed Yong reports on a series of experiments carried out in the last few years where scientists have studied the oral microbes preserved in plaque on the teeth of archaeological skulls. Continue reading
Keto Pancakes (12/Feb/13) - One of our most popular recipes. Makes low-carb breakfasts a doddle. Continue reading
3:1 Keto Lunches (10/Feb/13) - If you are eating low-carb then these lunch suggestions are easy-peasy and can be modified any way that fits your diet preferences. However, if you need to eat a truly ketogenic diet then they may need modifying a bit. Anyone attempting … Continue reading


 

 

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Thinking of going vegan or avoiding red meat? Read this first…

Influential celebrity promotion is fuelling a rise in vegan diets, but can this ideologically driven movement really be healthy? Above: Keeping up with the Kardashians star Kylie Jenner, and footballer Jermain Defoe, both champion the vegan diet. Perhaps they should stick to what they’re good at.

This article was originally going to be part of the July 2017 News Round-Up, but there were so many news items about veganism that month that I decided to give it it’s own post and include more commentary.

Vegan diets are suddenly being promoted by every celebrity and her dog. Another major recruiting factor is a sensational documentary out on Netflix “What the Health” which is pumping the anti-meat message hard. Fortunately, Vox (Jul 26th) takes the film’s twisted message to task and untangles the facts brilliantly (Thank you Julia Belluz for doing such a good job – now I don’t have to!) “Debunking What the Health, the buzzy new documentary that wants you to be vegan” Julia Belluz, Vox – Highly recommended. Others are challenging the films objectivity too:

“films like this are sensationalised pieces of idealism, minus the practical strategies”

Susie Burrell, Nutritionist, news.com.au (Jul 26th)

Closer to home, a UK nutrition professor caused an angry twitter storm for her comments on live TV. “It’s really hard work to make a vegan diet healthy,” said Sophie Medlin, RD, a lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at King’s College in London, during a BBC segment on the rise of veganism. (Health.com Jul 27th)

“You have to think very carefully about what you’re eating all the time. I have never recommended any of my patients follow a vegan diet; I can’t see myself ever changing that. It’s very complicated to make sure your diet is safe and gives you all the nutrition you need.”

I couldn’t agree more, and find it a little surprising that other nutritionists took issue with this statement (for example, Abby Langer in Flare, July 27th). After all, there is no reason to think that a vegan diet is healthier per-se, unless you buy into the kind of pseudo scientific propaganda portrayed in What the Health. Unfortunately most vegans do.

Perhaps we should look to India – a country with a tradition of vegetarianism – to see what is happening there. This month, the Indian Dietetics Association has warned that vegetarian diets are failing to meet protein requirements for no less than 90% of the population! (India TV, Jul 19th).

“Proteins from different sources complement each other. Even with a ratio of 5:1 cereals and pulses combination, the protein quality in terms of digestibility and bio-availability is only around 65 per cent when compared to milk protein,”

B. Sesikeran, pathologist,,India TV, Jul 19th

Another Indian news outlet, ran the story of a vegetarian who returned to meat eating after 6 years (The Times of India, Jul 7th), using bone broth and chicken to correct deficiencies in B12, calcium and Vitamin D.

Back in June this year, newspapers ran a story about a remote Indian tribe that had been studied for two years. Despite having no access to junk food, living a very active lifestyle, and consuming a vegetarian diet they suffered from high blood pressure. (Daily Mail, Jun 30th) Contrast that with the report in March, about an Amazonian tribe that had the healthiest cardiovascular system ever studied, yet their diet contains 14% animal protein. (Treehugger.com, Mar 27th). With all of this evidence stacking up against it, the vegan theory of health has got some explaining to do.

Stories like these support Sophie Medlins statement that vegan diets are hard to get right. However, that does not deter the vegan adherents who took to twitter to condemn her, and seem not be interested in the facts about nutrition. Fundamentally, the raison d’être of veganism is an absolute belief in animal rights, which is an ethical or political ideology first, and merely co-opts nutrition as an attempt at justification. Vegan dogma comes with a kind of spiritual superiority, as anyone will tell you who has met a vegan proselytiser (and let’s be honest, have you met a vegan who isn’t one?)

Such ideological thinking can lead to even more extreme positions such as a fruitarian diets in which only fruit is eaten. Such diets lead to many health problems, including reduced growth, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, dental erosion, pancreatic and kidney problems, mental instability and diabetes. (See Dr Axe, Fruitarian Diet: Are All-Fruit Diets Dangerous to Your Health?) One blogger, in The Metro (Jul 24th) warns how her obsession with a semi-raw food /  fruitarian / vegan diet wrecked her health. She is now sounding the warnings about the fanatical aspects of veganism.

Vegan junk food

As far as health goes it’s possible to eat junk whichever dietary path you choose. So, as The Independent (Jul 17th) reported this month, a recent study that found that some vegetarian diets can increase the risk of heart disease, especially if they are high in sugar, crisps, chips, alcohol and refined carbs – all of which are plant based, and thus ostensibly vegan.

Interestingly, in this analysis of the Nurses Health Study data, even those who ate a significant proportion of their diet from the ‘vegetarian’ category also ate meat regularly, so they were not vegetarian in the accepted sense of the term, even though these data are used by some to promote such a diet pattern.

Meanwhile scientists in the UK are recommending women eat more, not less, red meat to prevent iron deficiency anaemia. This comes on the back of the latest UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey which found that more than a quarter of women (27%) aged 19 to 64 don’t get enough iron. To make things worse this vulnerable group is the one most likely to have reduced their meat consumption, and the one most likely to be influenced by celebrity endorsements for the vegan lifestyle. The issues around this are laid out very well in Net Doctor, Jul 11th.

Vegan diets are not better for the planet

Vegan politics finds much support from the Greens: “BUT A VEGAN DIET IS MORE SUSTAINABLE FOR THE PLANET?” sympathisers cry in desperation, as they wave their fists at meat eaters.

Well, no. Not according to a new study which found that the carrying capacity—the size of the population that can be supported indefinitely by the resources of an ecosystem—for the vegan diet is lower than both versions of a vegetarian diets (dairy/egg) and two out of the four omnivorous diets they studied. (Health Freedom Alliance, Jul 26th), because it failed to use areas of land that are only suitable for rearing animals and not crops.

For more on this topic: See our posts showing that neither UK nor Australian vegetarians actually live longer, and that dairy is the most sustainable farming system in temperate countries, yes really!

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