Why Vegan Diets May Not Be Good For Your Health

The topic of veganism is hotly debated in terms of health and environmental stewardship. But how did the idea that being vegan is the best way to eat for our bodies and the planet develop in the first place? The answer is more complex than you might think. On this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, Jayne Buxton challenges the notion that veganism is the cure for disease and climate change and explains how we got here. I was so excited to sit down with Jayne and learn how the general public came to view veganism the way that they do. She explains the history of the Seventh Day Adventists and how their influence has spread all the way through our dietary guidelines and even into other countries. Despite the altruistic halo most people view around the vegan diet, it’s important to recognize some major players benefit from pushing the vegan agenda. Jayne and I discuss what that looks like and who’s making money off of supporting this way of eating, contrary to what the science might say. Jayne breaks down the evidence on why eating only plants is not the healthiest for our bodies or for the planet, as well as why saturated fats and animal protein are not the villains they’ve been made out to be. While I’m not against veganism, I have to agree that there are a wide variety of nutrients lacking in the vegan diet that can make it hard to create optimal health. Jayne and I talk about the key nutritional components to think about. My diet is mostly plants but I do include some really high-quality animal foods. Since I’ve eaten this way and moved away from starchy foods like beans and grains, which I used to eat often when I was vegetarian, my cognitive health is better, my energy is better, my muscle mass is better—I truly feel the best I’ve ever felt. This episode is brought to you by Mitopure, InsideTracker, and Rupa Health. Mitopure is the first and only clinically tested pure form of a natural gut metabolite called Urolithin A that clears damaged mitochondria away from our cells and supports the growth of new healthy mitochondria. Get 10% off at timelinenutrition.com/drhyman and use code DRHYMAN10 at checkout. InsideTracker is a personalized health and wellness platform like no other. Right now they’re offering my community 20% off at insidetracker.com/drhyman Rupa Health is a place where Functional Medicine practitioners can access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, and Great Plains. You can check out a free, live demo with a Q&A or create an account at RupaHealth.com.
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