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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Taurine
Date: February 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm PST

In Reply to: Taurine posted by H.L. on February 15, 2009 at 3:48 pm:

Greetings,

The taurine discussion is interesting but just that. Taurine is not
essential so you have a good source of it... you... as you make it as
you do all other non essential amino acids.

While there is some evidence that vegans have shown lower levels,
there is no evidence of a direct relationship to this and any harm or
risk.

And, we have to remember, that first, most vegan diets are not
healthy, so they are not a good standard, and second, lower levels do
not indicate an automatic concern. This is actually explained in
relation to taurine in the classic nutrition textbook, Modern Nutrition
In Health and Disease, By Maurice Edward Shils, that in spite of the
lower levels, there is no evidence of harm and just the opposite,
evidence of healthy adult vegans and healthy vegan children.

Imagine that, a classic Nutrition Textbook defending the vegan diet.
:)

In Health
Jeff

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