Since the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in people opting for a vegan diet and when you come across vegans, I am sure they have explained why it is the best way to live and how healthy it is.
They look at you differently if you tell them that you are against the whole idea and once you delve enough on that point you might as well prepare yourself for a lecture and an intense battle.
There are many reasons why vegans support the idea of quitting animal products and switching to a lifestyle that is purely plant-based, but like every aspect in this world, going vegan has both negative and positive side.
In this article, I am going to shine a light on the negative points of going vegan. So, without further ado let’s jump right into it.
DEFICIENCY OF VITAMINS
In theory, it might be possible for vegan food to provide all nutrients and macro and micro minerals but since it is not always the case, especially vegan food lacking B12 (Vitamin B12 is important for the proper functioning of the brain and synthesis of red blood cells), people would have to take supplements or food that is biofortified.
Such food and supplements will not be available for everyone and there will be people who would find it difficult to afford it. Furthermore, if due to some reason vegan diet fails it may result in severe impairments and physical issue.
Opting a vegan diet during pregnancy and during the early years of childhood can turn into a risky business. Animal products are highly rich in nutrients and protein which is very important for maintaining proper care of the mother and the foetus.
According to case reports in medical literature, it is stated that such a dietary shift can compromise the metabolic robustness of the body and prove dangerous for both the parties.
HARM TO ENVIRONMENT
Switching so rapidly to a plant-based diet will result in losing benefits from livestock management. Land cultivation for the agricultural purpose has already caused clearing off large acres of forests at an alarming rate.
Meeting the demands of the ever-growing vegan population would require more land and new techniques to tackle the problem in an environmental-friendly way. Animal husbandry can utilise places that cannot be utilised for agricultural purposes.
The number of vegans has increased by 160 per cent over the past century and the question that matters here is “where are these people getting their food from?”. Food like avocados and other major vegan food are not available to most of the consumers locally and therefore it has to be imported from across the oceans.
Taking the example of avocados, Kenya, a major exporter of the food, has banned its shipping due to the shortage of the product in its own place of origin. Such issues lead to rising prices and thus it ultimately becomes unavailable for people with smaller pockets.
Going vegan is certainly not the only way to save the planet and solve ‘world food’ problems. No one can deny that a vegan lifestyle has many benefits but totally abandoning animal products is not the way to overcome the growing troubles.
The best way is to meet in the middle and follow and explore Flexitarianism, which includes the benefits of both sides. Sustainable and ecological plant and animal production shall benefit the most.
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