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SWOT

Regarding animal protein/cancer, See Campbell, The vegan proponent, debunked:

https://chriskresser.com/rest-in-peace-china-study/

Racheli

SWOT, that is very interesting! As with everything else, we can find all kinds of very convincing arguments and evidence for and against the same thing. It is my opinion that a person can't go wrong by eating a diet based in mostly fruits and vegetables, and organic if possible. If a person feels better eating meat, he should make sure to eat lean meat, and not to make it the bulk of his meal.
But we can't ignore the fact that cows, chickens, and fish are raised in horrendous conditions that would make many people sick if they saw them. What about all of the antibiotics, growth hormones, pus, blood, and G-d knows what else that's in cow meat and milk? What about the fact that cows are being fed "foods" that aren't even what they're meant to eat? Chickens are literally going out of their minds from the stress of being raised in overcrowded cages. Fish farms in China are literally pools of raw sewage. Is this what we should eat instead of fruits and vegetables?
Unfortunately, food has become so damaged that nothing is like it once was. Therefore, it's up to each one of us to decide what eating habits will benefit us best. But we can all agree that processed junk and starchy foods are good for absolutely no one. Thanks for writing!

SWOT

Racheli,

Regarding the morality of animals conditions, I remember a tshuva of R' Eliyashev ZTL who said eating Foie Gras was mutar despite the suffering an animal endures. Considering that is a luxury, the rest seems to be a kal v'chomer regarding the other issues brought forth.

There is no perfect solution that I've seen. Paleo folks will point to grass fed, organic raised animals as a solution, notwithstanding the higher cost.

If you are going to go and recommend the Vegan route, I suggest you inform your readers the following caveat:

"Vegan diets, in particular, are almost completely devoid of certain nutrients that are crucial for physiological function. Several studies have shown that both vegetarians and vegans are prone to deficiencies in B12, calcium, iron, zinc, the long-chain fatty acids EPA & DHA, and fat-soluble vitamins like A & D."

I've seen studies read at least 40% of the population, for example, can't convert beta-carotene, the inactive form of Vitamin A into retinol, the active form found in animal products.

Regarding lean meats, there are numerous studies showing saturated fat isn't the villain it once was purported to be, and more and more studies are coming out confirming this and it's slowly being announced even among more mainstream organizations.

YMMV.

Racheli

SWOT, I agree with you on many points. In a future article I believe that I mention the vitamin D and B12 issue, and I will double-check that. Calcium, however, can be obtained from many vegetables. Just because someone is vegan, it doesn't mean they know what they're doing necessarily. I will certainly make it a point in future posts to advise the vegans on getting enough of these vitamins and minerals. Also, I am not across the board banning meat, but considering the poor quality of meat, even organic meat these days, I feel that it's best to limit it as much as possible. Fattier meats is still controversial to me. I don't know for sure, but I wonder if fat stores toxins. In that case, I would stay away from it as much as possible. I would even suggest not eating organ meats like liver, for the same reason.
My concern with diets such as keto is that people may go overboard and end up focusing too much on the fat and animal protein, and not enough on the fruits and vegetables. With all of the hormones, antibiotics, and G-d knows what else they're putting in cows and feeding them, I feel it's better to limit this as much as possible.

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