By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Ten anti-vegetarian myths


There are meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.
Vegetarians drink milk and eat dairy products.
Vegans eat no animal products. By eating animal
flesh or drinking their body fluids, one ingests
their hormones. Vegetarians often drink more
milk and eat more dairy than meat eaters. Vegans
eat no animal hormones.

There are two reasons not to eat animals. Many
people become vegetarians out of compassion to
animals who do not deserve to die in pain by a
human knife.

The second reason, human health, far outweighs
the first. By eating animal products, one shows
no compassion to the human body. By eating dirty
fuel consisting of cholesterol, saturated animal
fat, and relatively large amounts of sulfur-based
amino acids (methionine, homocysteine), one places
considerable stress upon the body's cardiovascular
and immune systems.

Of the two thousand or so emails that I see every
day, I can always rely upon a handful to refer to
one or more so-called anti-vegetarian myths such as:

1) Meat eaters have lower rates of heart disease
than do vegetarians.

2) Meat eating men make for better lovers because
they have higher rates of the male sex hormone.

3) Meat eaters have lower rates of all of the
major diseases than do vegetarians.

4) Vegetarians have higher mortality rates than
meat eaters.

5) A vegetarian diet is not appropriate for a
pregnant woman or nursing mother.

6) Children born to vegetarians are smaller
than children born to meat eaters.

7) Meat eaters obtain more vitamins and nutrients
than vegetarians, because the animals they eat also
consume vegetables.

8) It is a proven fact that vegetarians have higher
rates of heart disease than meat eaters.

9) Meat eaters have lower rates of diabetes than
do vegetarians.

10) Meat eaters have lower rates of breast cancer than
do vegetarians.
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           ONE BY ONE, LET'S DISPEL THOSE MYTHS
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1) Meat eaters have lower rates of heart disease
than do vegetarians.

"Significant atherosclerosis is rare in peoples
whose diet over the life span is predominantly
vegetarian and low in calories, total lipids,
saturated lipids and cholesterol."

Nutrition and Athersclerosis by Louis Katz. 1958
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2) Meat eating men make for better lovers because
they have higher rates of the male sex hormone.

"The study measured testosterone levels in 696
Oxford University men. Of the study participants,
233 were vegan (ate no animal products) and 237
were vegetarian (ate milk and dairy products).
The remaining 237 subjects were men who ate meat
on most days of the week...vegans had higher
testosterone levels than vegetarians and meat
eaters."

British Journal of Cancer, 83(1), July 2000
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3) Meat eaters have lower rates of all of
mankind's major diseases than do vegetarians.

"Scientific data suggest positive relationships
between a vegetarian diet and reduced risk for
several chronic degenerative diseases and conditions,
including obesity, coronary artery disease,
hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and some
types of cancer."

Journal of American Dietetic Association, 11/97, 97(1)
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4) Vegetarians have higher mortality rates than
meat eaters.

"Vegetarians often have lower mortality rates
from several chronic degenerative diseases than
do non vegetarians."

British Medical Journal,  1996; 313
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5) A vegetarian diet is not appropriate for a
pregnant woman or nursing mother.

"Vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the
life cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation."

Am J Clin Nutr. 1994;59(suppl):1176S-1181S.
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6) Children born to vegetarians are smaller
than children born to meat eaters.

"Vegan diets can meet the nutrient and energy needs
of pregnant women. Birth weights of infants born
to well nourished vegetarian women have been shown
to be similar to birth-weight norms and to birth
weights of infants of non vegetarians."

Pediatrics. 1989;84
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7) Meat eaters obtain more vitamins and nutrients
than vegetarians, because the animals they eat also
consume vegetables.

"Vegetarian diets offer disease protection benefits
because higher concentration of antioxidants such
as vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and phytochemicals."

Am J Clin Nutr. 1996;63(suppl)
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8) It is a proven fact that vegetarians have higher
rates of heart disease than meat eaters.

"Mortality from coronary artery disease is lower in
vegetarians than in non vegetarians."

British Medical Journal, 1994; 308
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9) Meat eaters have lower rates of diabetes than
do vegetarians.

"Type 2 diabetes mellitus is less likely to be a
cause of death in vegetarians than non vegetarians."

Am J Clin Nutr. 1988;48(suppl)
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10) Meat eaters have lower rates of breast cancer than
do vegetarians.

"Breast cancer rates are lower in populations that
consume plant based diets."

American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures, 1994


Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
(201-871-5871)
Executive Director (notmilkman@notmilk.com)
Dairy Education Board
http://www.notmilk.com


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