This article is troublesome in several ways. The beauty of a vegan diet is its nutritional diversity and density. The idea of eliminating the powerhouse nutritional density of nuts and seeds is a big mistake. Cutting back, sure. Eliminating, a big mistake.
Also, the discussion of excess fat calories being more fattening than excess carbs or protein is not accurate. Just look at the link between obesity and diets high in suga and refined grains. Virtually all excess calories are converted to fat. True, if it is already fat, that gets stored first. But excess anything is converted to fat. The body doesn't waste or dump energy from any source.
Finally, losing more than a pound a week is satisfying but bad practice. A pound a week represents about a daily 570 calorie deficit. Losing weight at the rates described in the article can cause metabolism to down-regulate. Plus, a higher deficit becomes a "diet" in the sense of a temporary way of eating. It is better to be patient and establish a sustainable way of eating, with minor adjustments to achieve a modest calorie deficit. People doing this are less likely to revert to the old way of eating once their weight goals have been reached.
First, regarding the protein comment to the article left by a reader: why are nuts and seeds viewed as a strong source of protein (which is maddeningly common)? The dominant characteristic of nuts and seeds is ... high fat, typicially in the range of 70-80% of calories. Yes, healthy fats, but calorically dense fats nonetheless. Nuts and seeds typically have between 10 - 15% of their calories from protein. That is comparable to what is found in grains. And I don't see people calling grains a marquee source of protein. In fact 10 - 15% is a good amount. But lets not go all gaga over nuts and seeds as a concentrated source of protein. Relying on nuts and seeds as a major source of protein is a good way to get fat. In a vegetarian or vegan diet, eating a variety of all food groups will easily deliver adequate protein. Of all the nutrional concerns vegetarians need to worry about, protein is not one of them (unless one's style of vegetarianism is a Coke and fries).
Secondly, regarding the Vegsource article, no duh! Adding calories will cause weight gain. So that's the rationale for leaving nuts and seeds out of the diet despite the abundance of good research that catalogs the health benefits of nuts and seeds? It really is not that hard to include nuts and seeds in a diet without blowing the calorie budget. If the outcome of this series of articles is to lead people to eliminate nuts and seeds from their diets, that would be an unfortunate result.
Excellent article. My observation is that this all stems from vegetarians' and vegans' motivation to adopt that diet style. People who adopt them for reasons of health (to be healthy or get healthy) tend to be more conscious about healthy eating. Those whose motivation is primarily ethical (animal or environmental) are not in it for themselves. It's for the animals or for the environment. French fries and a cola do not harm animals so it fits the bill, with predictable results.
This is an accurate message, but facts are often weak tools when placed in opposition to culture. I once was in a similar situation working with Native Americans. Regardless of my attempts to be sensitive to culture, my suggestions that fry bread was not only unhealthy, but historically should be seen as the bread of affliction, very much like Dr. Mill's description of soul food, not only engendered push-back, my message put at risk my relationship with the people I was working with. The Native American public health literature predicted this. And it was right.
As Margaret Mead is reported to have said, it is easier to get someone to change their religion than to change their diet. Amen.
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Posted by stevebillig, March 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM
going vegan or vegetarian does mean it will help with health benefits but thats if the majority of your food intake is mostly products that grown in the field, of course if you start baking treats and having those all the time it wont help your figure and cholesterol!
This makes absolute sense and so true for many other cultures also. Many of my own family ancestors were servants/maids to the landed gentry and aristocracy in Britain. Leftovers became bread pudding, shepherds pie were gathered remnants from dinner plates etc. etc. All very unhealthy and so called comfort food is also artery clogging early death food.
NUTS EATEN RAW ARENT FATTENING. RAW FOOD ISNT FATTENING. EAT ALL THE RAW NUTS YOU WANT . ENJOY THEM. VERY HEALTHY AND YOU WILL STAY SLIM. ROASTED , SALTED, AND FRIED NUTS SHOULD BE AVOIDED. THEY ARE FATTENING. SO GET IT RIGHT!!!!
ABOUT 40% OF MY DIET IS RAW NUTS. IM SLIM AND HEALTHY. RAW FOOD DOESNT MAKE YOU FAT.
it is a lifestyle, period.
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