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The rise of the vegans.

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  • edited February 28
    Popped into a village 'coffee and cake' morning up the road. Most folk there were 70-90yrs old. Lovely lady asked if I wanted cake and I said no, so as not to have the vegan discussion. Then my eye spotted a label 'vegan' on a chocolate cake. Oh, a vegan cake - yes please. The elderly lady was also a vegan and shouted to her friend - also a vegan - to bring the vegan coffee and walnut cake over. Bloody hell. Then they pointed to a man in his 90s, Jack, who is also a vegan! This really was a lesson in stereotypes and assumptions. It felt like the vegan version of 'the only gay in the village'.
    They sound like a swingers club using the vegan angle to gain more members if you ask me ;)


  • Its only a small sample of 160,000 people, but....

    A vegetarian or vegan diet may be increasing the likelihood of depression a US-based study has found. 

    People with a plant-based diet were twice as likely to take prescription drugs for mental illness and nearly three times as likely to contemplate suicide.  

    The report, which looked at more than 160,000 people, also found that a shocking one in three vegetarians suffer from depression or anxiety.

  • MrWalker said:
    Its only a small sample of 160,000 people, but....

    A vegetarian or vegan diet may be increasing the likelihood of depression a US-based study has found. 

    People with a plant-based diet were twice as likely to take prescription drugs for mental illness and nearly three times as likely to contemplate suicide.  

    The report, which looked at more than 160,000 people, also found that a shocking one in three vegetarians suffer from depression or anxiety.

    I only know a few adult vegans and they all suffer from depression, although I'm not sure whether the depression or being a vegan came first.
  • I believe it is true to say that every nutrient necessary for life and growth, the vitamins and b numbers and so on, can be got from a plant based diet. It may be easier to assimilate that stuff more rapidly from meat than from soya for example, but it doesn't seem like it is about available nutrients that may be the cause of depression (is the study credible?). Carnivores can get depression too.
    Perhaps there is some kind of psychological interface going on when being a person that avoids animal products, something that is associated with the decision rather than the diet.
  • edited April 29
    seth plum said:
    I believe it is true to say that every nutrient necessary for life and growth, the vitamins and b numbers and so on, can be got from a plant based diet. It may be easier to assimilate that stuff more rapidly from meat than from soya for example, but it doesn't seem like it is about available nutrients that may be the cause of depression (is the study credible?). Carnivores can get depression too.
    Perhaps there is some kind of psychological interface going on when being a person that avoids animal products, something that is associated with the decision rather than the diet.
    carnivores often get depressed listening to vegans 😉
  • Vegans often get depression from the lack of imagination shown by carnivores in their putdowns.
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