Voices 05/09/2011

Clinton vegan example non always healthy

Bill Clinton becomes vegan.
It's sure a shck for Americans who consider the Former Presidente the champion of Krispy Kreme-oriented eating habits. He liked to eat hamburgers, a lot of meat, eggs and all other calories foods.
Now he turned.

“I essentially concluded that I had played Russian roulette,” Clinton said, “because even though I had changed my diet some and cut down on the caloric total of my ingestion and cut back on much of the cholesterol in the food I was eating, I still — without any scientific basis to support what I did — was taking in a lot of extra cholesterol without knowing if my body would produce enough of the enzyme to support it, and clearly it didn’t or I wouldn’t have had that blockage. So that’s when I made a decision to really change.”

Good luck to Mr Clinton, of course but be carefull because not always vegan diet mean also healthy.
Most of all vegan diet is not a weight loss diet.

As Los Angeles Times reporter Jeannine Stein found last year when she peeked in the pantry of one vegan couple, cutting out meat and dairy can leave a lot of room for nutrient-poor choices like potato chips and Taco Bell burritos. But the right kind of veganism, according to Clinton, can promote good health.

Animal products are loaded with nutrients that are hard to obtain in adequate amounts through a plant-based diet. Animal products provide high-quality protein, healthy omega-3 fatty acids (in fish, anyway), calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B12. As a vegan, as opposed to vegetarian, you cannot rely on milk, cheese and eggs to get some of these nutrients. B12 is a particularly sticky issue for vegans, because it is only present in animal products, such as eggs.

To argue that veganism is natural for humans is somewhat of a stretch, because of the vitamin B12 issue; our ancestors didn't have access to vitamin pills. And to argue veganism is morally superior is somewhat of an insult to ancient cultures such as the Inuit and numerous hunter-gatherer tribes who have an inherent respect for the land and water that supports them.

We ask to Italian nutrition expert to commet vegan choice.
"The mistake you make is often looking for the solution of last resort - tells us Sara Farnetti - such as vegan, with a weight problem is to abuse the sugar contained in food 'alternatives' such as fruit, cereals, flour, pasta and rice. Cause, however, the imbalances of the pancreas and of weight gain. ""In reality - continues the expert - the vegan philosophy prescribes whole grains: millet, amaranth, brown rice. Complicated to find and often expensive."
"Not to mention that the total exclusion of proteins from the diet - warns nutritionist - is a stress on the body especially if you then replace it with the vegetables."

di Graziano Alderighi