Vegan Diet Can’t Meet Nutritional Needs? Dr T Colin Campbell

Vegan Diet Can’t Meet Nutritional Needs? Dr T Colin Campbell


Have you heard the claim that a plant based
diet cannot meet all our nutritional requirements? Well many people who are on a 100% plant based
diet tend to be bombarded with the message that you can’t get all your nutrients on
this diet. Where do you get your protein, iron, calcium,
vitamin b12, vitamin d if you don’t eat animal products? Now while I agree there’s not a one size
fits all when it comes to diet as we all have different enzyme systems, genetics etc, for
example some people may need more protein than others whilst some may need more fat
but we should always come back to what types of foods the human species is designed to
eat and for that I highly recommended watching this video- entitled ‘Are Humans Designed
to Eat Meat?’ by Dr Milton Mills. On page 230 of the china study written by
Dr T Colin Campbell he pretty much addresses this issue directly stating “there are virtually
no nutrients in animal based foods that are not better provided by plants. Dr Campbell has created a fantastic chart
where he took 500 calories of a variety of plant foods which were spinach, tomatoes lima
beans, peas and potatoes and he compared that equal mixture to an equal mixture of 500 calories
worth of beef, milk, chicken and pork and put these in a nutrient processor calculator
and have a look at what it came out with. What’s fascinating is you get almost identical
amounts of protein. Twice the amount of iron plus it’s in a
form which is a much safer as it’s not oxidative like the heme iron found in animal products. Also the plant mixture had twice the amount
of calcium. You can also see that plant foods have dramatically
more antioxidants fiber and minerals than animal foods, in fact animal foods are almost
completely devoid of several of these nutrients. He also points out that there are 4 nutrients
that animal based foods have that plants do not and they are vitamin D, vitamin B12, vitamin
A and cholesterol. He states ‘our bodies can make all the cholesterol
we require. Vitamin A can be readily made by our bodies
from Beta Carotene and Vitamin D can be made by our bodies by simply exposing our skin
to about 15 minutes of sunshine ever couple of days”. Now of course plant foods do not produce vitamin
B12 but neither do animals as vitamin B12 is made my micro organisms in the soil I went
into this is more depth in the video ‘If Humans Are Designed To Be Vegan Why Do They
Have To Take Vitamin B12?’ Links in description. There are some wonderful resources on the
internet created by plant based physicians that help you check you’re meeting all your
nutritional requirements. I love this chart created by the plant based
dietitian Julianna Hever which is a notable nutrient source chart. To get a copy of the original the link is
in the description.This is also a handy chart devised by the dietitian Brenda Davis. And this is Dr Michael Greger’s daily dozen
recommendation which can be found in his amazing book How Not To Die but is also available
on an iphone and android app. And then finally there is Cronometer which
is an outstanding free nutrition tracker. Mic the vegan has made an excellent video
about it, linked below