CALGARY — A prominent Ottawa-based weight loss expert is taking
Alberta Health Services to task for “dissing” vegan diets in a
background document the provincial health authority put together in
response to a controversial food film.
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff contends a memo circulated to AHS’s 500 registered
dietitians last year implies animals are supposed to be eaten as part
of a healthy diet, while vegetarian or vegan diets pose extra risks.
“This is just a statement that suggests vegetarian and vegan diets
have risks that diets that include animals don’t,” Freedhoff said in
an interview Thursday.
“If the point of this was to provide health-care practitioners with
information to answer questions posed consequent to a popular diet, I
think it should answer the questions that are posed by the popular
diet, not actually caution people off a particular way of eating,
which is what this one does.”
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