Re: “Eat balanced meals – including eat and wine”, Have Your Say, January 18.
Robin Grant wants more scientific proof that vegan diets are the healthiest. Rather than being “evangelistic” about vegan diets, I have researched them and would suggest others do too. A good start is the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and onegreenplanet.org, which offers advice for cruelty-free/green living.
Or how about the Journal of the Nutrition and Diatetic Association’s (2016) report that appropriately planned vegan diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may help prevent and treat certain diseases? Vegan diets contain less saturated fat, and more important dietary fibre, that animal products lack.
A vegan diet lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease, strokes, certain types of cancers, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of life, from pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood and for athletes.
Also Robin, vegan diets are environmentally more sustainable than animal products, because they need less natural resources and are associated with less environmental damage.