A huge body of scientific evidence supports plant-based diets, for both human health and environmental benefits.
Yet one article after another, on the BBC Future website, uses flawed studies, often funded by the meat and dairy industries, to draw ill-conceived conclusions while ignoring the wealth of evidence showing how a vegan diet is good for your health and the planet.
Misleading and dangerous
Such poor journalism is misleading and dangerous. The latest, by William Park, focuses on vegan junk food and how nutritionally void it is.
I don’t remember anyone claiming that vegan junk food was healthy, but I do disagree with Park’s argument that vegan junk food is worse than its meaty cousin.
He seems to be hell-bent on planting seeds of doubt in the minds of those considering making the move towards veganism.
A curious approach
Park starts with tofu (not a well-known junk food) and says we’re no good at converting ALA, the short-chain omega-3 fat it contains, into the longer chain omega-3s EPA and DHA, found in fish and to a lesser extent in some meats.
It’s a curious approach – nuts and seeds (especially walnuts and flaxseed oil) are a much richer source of ALA and as millions of people all over the world don’t eat fish (or meat) we must be managing somehow.