I'm really curious as to what you all think of this article on vegetarianism/veganism, essential nutrients and deficiencies.
My view on it: It seems to me that it is a far, far more balanced take on the issue than the title implies. It's an in-depth look into the nutrients that are either unavailable or less available in plant based foods, and the kinds of supplementations that may be needed for people who eat plant based (or lacto-ovo vegetarian, in some cases) diets to be optimally healthy.
It also points out that right now, most people simply don't know
about most of that- most people know about things like iron and B & D vitamins in terms of supplementation or paying close attention to getting enough, but most of the others are things I'd never heard of. The article DOES point out that you can supplement pretty much all of them, but also that this takes specific research and is less about popping a multivitamin than specifically taking each individual one.
And it also does point out that vegans tend to have better heart health than meat-eaters, so it's not as one-sided as it seems either.
I think it's really interesting? Despite my own complicated history with veg*nism and my personal health (tl;dr: tried many times, every time I got sick and then sicker, it sucks and also that is about MY PERSONAL INSIDES and is not a reflection on other people's experiences), I do think that making eating-more-plants-and-less-animals as accessible and healthy a thing for as many people as possible is a really good idea, and I think it's important that we are willing to leave our own ethical standpoints re eating animals to the side when it comes to looking very clearly at the ways in which eating this way affects us, and how we can move forward in a way which lets us make those choices without making compromises with our health.
I like that- and I'm really interested to see what people's takes on it are here, since it seems like there's generally a positive attitude here towards evidence-based approaches to our bodies!