10 Ways Vegans Are Ruining The World

10 Ways Vegans Are Ruining The World
    Advocates of veganism, including everyone’s favorite chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, regularly
    point out how harmful consumption of meat is to the environment.
    For example, producing just one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car
    30 kilometers.
    But according to a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, this isn’t
    entirely true.
    They controversially claim that eating lettuce is over three times worse in terms of greenhouse
    gas emissions than eating bacon.
    This is because lettuce has so few calories - around 15 calories a leaf - so someone would
    need to eat two whole iceberg lettuces to get even close to the equivalent calorie intake
    of two rashers of smoked bacon - around 200 calories.
    The leafy vegetable is also far more likely to perish before it reaches the dinner table,
    with the food waste further increasing its emissions footprint.
    So this means you can swap the salad for a bacon baguette and feel less guilty.
    The soya bean is the symbol of the vegan lifestyle and has been marketed for decades as the perfect
    health food.
    But this little legume has a dark side. Soybeans naturally contain “anti-nutrients” such
    as phytoestrogens.
    Fermentation normally destroys phytoestrogens, which allows your body to enjoy soy’s nutritional
    benefits. But the problem is, most Westerners consume unfermented soy, rather than fermented
    soy, mostly in the form of soymilk, tofu and soy infant formula.
    So, people are consuming soy with high levels of anti-nutrients. And this can have very
    harmful consequences.
    For instance, phytoestrogens can mimic estrogen in the body, causing a chain reaction of hormone
    imbalances in males and females.
    But what happens when things get out of balance? Well, too much soy in a man’s diet has been
    linked to Gynecomastia - male breast enlargement - and has been known to cause a loss of sexual
    For women, studies on young female rats suggests that soy is a contributing factor in premature
    menstruation. While for both men and women, soy may cause infertility.
    Soy you should probably cut it out of your diet.
    Take a trip to any supermarket these days and you’ll find a whole bunch of plant milk
    alternatives, including everyone’s favorite: almond milk.
    Almonds are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re packed to the brim with
    vitamins, protein and fiber, and when eaten as a snack can actually help to reduce hunger.
    But the super-healthy nuts, mostly grown in drought-hit California, need millions of liters
    of water to be produced. So you might want to think twice before you pour it on your
    On average, it takes around 5 liters of water to grow one almond, and thanks to the huge
    profits they bring in, almond orchards continue to be planted.
    California produces 82% of the world's almonds, and this all-year round crop guzzles close
    to 10% of the area's agricultural water supply.
    But as the state suffers from annual droughts, the finger of blame is being pointed at the
    The drought killed around 62 million trees in 2016 alone and yet the demand for almond
    milk is still on the rise around the globe.
    The next time you’re having brunch, think twice before ordering avocado toast. Not because
    you should be saving the money for a mortgage, but because there’s a dark story lurking
    beneath the surface of the green, fleshy fruit.
    In Mexico, where they’re colloquially referred to as ""green gold"", avocados can get you
    Production of the crop that earned Mexico more than $1.5bn in exports in 2016 is concentrated
    in the state of Michoacán and much of it is controlled by a drug cartel known as the
    Caballeros Templarios, or the Knights Templar.
    For decades, rich drug traffickers have purchased avocado plantations to launder money or make
    legitimate profits. But it wasn’t until several years ago, however, that the Templarios
    became further involved in the avocado business.
    They have infiltrated the avocado sector by making farmers and landowners give up a percentage
    of their income, taxing all fruit sold and land owned, and even murdering those who refused
    to play by the rules. And this has resulted in the term ""blood guacamole"".
    Consuming a plant-based diet has been widely considered to be healthier than a traditional
    meat and two veg diet, as it has been shown to ward off chronic diseases.
    However, scientists in the US have turned this assumption on its head, claiming that
    a long-term vegetarian diet can alter human DNA, raising the risk of cancer and heart
    They found that populations who have had a primarily vegetarian diet for generations
    were far more likely to carry DNA which makes them susceptible to inflammation.
    The mutations occurred, according to the scientists, to make it easier for vegetarians to absorb
    essential fatty acids from plants.
    However, this has the knock-on effect of boosting the production of arachidonic acid, which
    is linked to cancer.
    These days spending on cancer medicines totals around $100 billion worldwide, with the cost
    expected to exceed $150 billion by 2020. But if veganism continues in popularity, it could
    cause these health care costs to increase further.
    There are some nutrients that humans can only consume by eating plants, and others that
    they can only consume by eating animals.
    One vital nutrient that vegans can’t get in a meat-free diet is vitamin B12, a water-soluble
    vitamin that is involved in the function of every cell in the body. It is particularly
    important in the formation of blood and the function of the brain.
    In fact, the problem is so bad that one study showed a whopping 92% of vegans are deficient
    in this critical nutrient. Those who don’t supplement B12 are at risk for consequences
    as serious as blindness and brain abnormalities.
    More worryingly though, B12 is just one vitamin vegans aren’t getting enough of.
    According to Dr Frankie Phillips, a registered dietician with the British Dietetic Association,
    vegans are more likely to be not as strong as meat eaters due to a lower intake of amino
    acids, which generate muscle mass.
    In 2014 a controversial study by the Medical University of Graz concluded that those who
    adopt a vegan or vegetarian diet were ill more often, more susceptible to physical and
    mental disorders, and generally had a lower quality of life than people who eat meat.
    The researchers in Austria interviewed around 1,300 people split into different diet groups.
    Accounting for smoking and physical exercise, they concluded that the big difference in
    susceptibility to disease was diet.
    According to their research, vegetarians and vegans were hit harder by 14 of the 18 illnesses
    monitored in the study – which included diabetes, migraines, and osteoporosis.
    They were also twice as likely to suffer from anxiety or depression. A similar study from
    the University of Hildesheim found that vegetarians suffered more from depression, anxiety and
    eating disorders.
    The findings suggested the more favorable diet was the so-called Mediterranean diet
    – high in fruit and vegetables but still including moderate amounts of meat.
    The participants who followed this diet reported feeling healthier and were found to suffer
    less frequently from chronic diseases.
    For those of you who’ve ever tried a vegan “clean eating” diet you’ve probably
    consumed a whole lot of quinoa. But it turns out that this low-fat, high-protein superfood
    isn’t quite as innocent as it might seem.
    Not long ago quinoa was just an obscure Peruvian grain that you could only buy in wholefood
    shops. But these days opting for a quinoa salad has
    detrimental effects in the fields of Peru and Bolivia, where the grain is farmed.
    You see, it's supposed to be a cash crop, but the hike in prices due to its increasing
    popularity in the Western world pushed the very people that farm quinoa out of their
    own market place.
    Between 2000 and its peak in 2014, the average price of quinoa exports from Peru and Bolivia
    more than tripled, to $6-7 a kilogram.
    And now people who have eaten quinoa for the best part of seven centuries are finding that
    imported junk food is cheaper to eat.
    In the last 10 years the number of vegans in the UK has risen by a whopping 360%.
    With 42% of those vegans being between the ages of 15 and 34, the forward-thinking youth
    of today might be inclined to rear a generation of plant-based babies.
    But is a vegan diet good for children? Well, nutritionists have warned that infants who
    follow the diet are often leaner and smaller than those who eat meat.
    Professor Mary Fewtrell, of University College London, said this is often the result of a
    lack of nutrients such as vitamin B12, calcium, zinc and high-quality protein.
    She further warned that this type of diet could lead to irreversible cognitive damage.
    And in the worst cases, claimed it can even result in death.
    Cashews are the most eaten nut in the US and Europe and are a popular staple in the vegan
    diet because they can be processed to make vegan cheese.
    Brimming with fiber, protein, and unsaturated fat, nutritional studies have linked the nut
    to lower rates of heart disease and a longer life. However, in India, where more than 60%
    of cashews are processed, it’s another story entirely.
    The nuts are ridiculously hard to extract. A cashew has two layers of hard shell, between
    which are caustic substances – cardol and anacardic acid – which can cause serious
    As a result, many workers in the cashew industry have permanent damage to their hands from
    this corrosive liquid, because factories do not routinely provide gloves. They also only
    earn about $2 a day.
    But this is nothing compared to what’s happening in Vietnam, the world's largest exporter of
    processed cashews.
    According to a 2011 Human Rights Watch report, drug addicts detained in forced labor camps
    in Vietnam process cashews.
    Those who refuse to work are beaten with truncheons, given electric shocks, locked in isolation,
    and deprived of food and water.
    So that’s 10 Ways Vegans Are Ruining The World, which one of these shocked you most?
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