Vegan Vs Meat Eater (STATISTICS)
Vegans Vs Meat Eaters
Let’s Compare some statistics
Based on a Swedish study of more than 1.25million people Vegans are said to have lower rates of hypertension and cardiometabolic risks like heart disease. Although this has recently been linked to the consumption of processed meats and not saturated fats like first thought.
A cross-study of 40,000 adults suggested vegans tend to be leaner with a lower body fat percentage while meat eaters tend to have larger BMI’s.
Meat eating omnivores are said to be responsible for the human brain doubling in size in such a short time. This is said to be a result of higher amounts of protein in the diet.
Further studies suggest women who eat meat have higher concentrations of muscle mass even when protein consumption is kept the same in a vegan diet.
Okinawa, Japan has the highest rate of centenarians, Approx 740 out of its 1.2 million population.
The traditional diet consists mostly of plant-based carbohydrates with fresh fish and pork consumption on a weekly basis suggesting optimal human health doesn’t have to be restrictive to one side or the other as long as the food is fresh and nutritionally dense.
The Mediterranean diet to compare, is more high fat/low carb consisting of avocados, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, cheeses and fish.
*Zero natural plant foods contain the B vitamins.
*Omega3 fats are hard to find in the plant kingdom aside from hemp and algae supplements.
*Probiotic are essential although some consider good bacteria as a living creature which goes against the definition of vegan.
On the other hand, Vit C is said to be lacking from a carnivore diet yet the Liver, Brains and adrenal glands (offal) are all considered high in vitamin C. Not to mention the lack of dietary glucose means Vit-C no longer has to compete with glucose for absorption becoming more bio-available. (Inuits are said to be scurvy free except for those that eat the whites food)
50% of Americans are thought to be magnesium deficient, yet only 5% of meat eaters. This is put down to over-farming of the land without re-fortifying the soils trace minerals. (Which is the GMO vs organic debate) similar can be said for potassium.
99% of Pesticides in the American diet are produced by plants to defend themselves against an animal attack. Only 52 of these have been tested in animal cancer cases and about half (27), have shown to be rodent carcinogens. All 27 natural pesticides are found in common foods in minor doses. (Repeat exposure and accumulation being put to blame).
Again on the other hand, as you can find anti-nutrients, endocrine & Immune disrupters in plants you will also find Antioxidants, Flavonoids and other Phytonutrients which are said to benefit certain conditions
To wrap it up;
There are Pros and Cons to every scenario, what’s right for your situation?
That being said I would suggest vegans supplement with VitD3, Omega3, a Multi-strain Probiotic and B complex vitamins.
Omnivores supplement with added rock salts or electrolytes, multi-strain probiotic and phytonutrients.
The argument could be made in each case the quality of food ingredients mattered more than vegan Vs meat consumption.