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    ... From: Rita Subject: [voicesforRahkim] Fw: Prejudice against vegetarian nutrition Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005 22:47:21 -0500 ... Sent: Thursday, February 24,
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      From: Rita
      Subject: [voicesforRahkim] Fw: Prejudice against vegetarian nutrition
      Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005 22:47:21 -0500

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      Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2005 11:43 AM
      Subject: Prejudice against vegetarian nutrition
      Prejudice against vegetarian nutrition
      - press release from the European Vegetarian Union (EVU)
      24 February 2005
      It is not new that attempts are being made to discredit the vegetarian
      way of life. The most recent case is a particularly remarkable
      combination of scientifically untenable statements, extreme living
      conditions of the children under observation, and obvious financial
      involvement of the meat industry.
      Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science
      in Washington, Prof. Lindsay Allen of the University of California made
      serious accusations: "Animal source foods have some nutrients which are
      not found anywhere else. If you're talking about feeding young children
      and pregnant women and lactating women I would go as far as to say it is
      unethical to withhold these foods during that period of life. "
      Unethical? The European Vegetarian Union, an umbrella for most
      European Vegetarian Organisations, wants to put the record straight:
      1. Professor Allen's lecture was based on a study (1) with 544 children
      in Kenya who ate a very unbalanced diet, many suffered from several
      health problems, including amebiasis, a source of intestinal blood loss
      which leads to a deficiency of B12 and iron. It is well known that
      vitamin B12 deficiency can impair the cognitive development of children
      and so it comes as no surprise that additional B12 brought about
      positive health effects.
      However, even though the children suffered from multiple micronutrient
      deficiencies, increased plasma Vitamin B-12 proved to be the only
      detectable micronutrient response to meat or milk supplementation. (2)
      However, it must be stressed that of the three tests (Raven's
      Progressive Matrices test, verbal meaning and arithmetic) only the first
      shows a better development of the meat-group. Regarding the verbal
      meaning and arithmetic tests, the nutrition supplement without any
      animal products (but with vegetable oil) shows the best results. In all
      three tests the milk-group had the poorest results; the Raven-test
      results in that group were even worse than in the control group. If
      these malnourished children had received a carefully planned vegetarian
      diet, their health would have improved even more.
      2. In some newspapers, reference is made to unspecified "studies
      of vegetarians in both the United States and Europe/Holland" implying
      that missing out on meat and dairy products could permanently damage a
      child's development.
      a. These reports are challenged by living proof:
      - Indians have been vegetarians for hundreds or even thousands of
      years. There is not the slightest indication that this way of life has
      "impaired" them in any way - just the opposite.
      - Children in some European families are vegetarians in the fourth or
      fifth generation and they are bright and healthy.
      - Long term vegetarians are appalled by the statements of Prof Allen.
      Sir Paul McCartney, himself father of four healthy and successful
      vegetarian children, dismisses her claims as "rubbish".
      b. In their position paper "Vegetarian Diets", the American
      Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada (ADA), the nation's
      largest organization of food and nutrition professionals with nearly
      70,000 members, states that "appropriately planned vegetarian diets are
      healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the
      prevention and treatment of certain diseases. [.] Well-planned vegan and
      other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the
      life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood,
      and adolescence. Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional
      3. Even to impartial observers, the research mentioned by Professor
      Allen raises some doubts as to its neutrality: it was presented at the
      conference "Animal Source Foods and Nutrition in Developing Countries"
      held in Washington, D.C. June 24-26, 2002 and sponsored by Global
      Supplement publication was supported by Food and Agriculture
      Organization, Land O'Lakes Inc., Heifer International, Pond Dynamics and
      The National Cattleman's Beef Association partly supported the project.
      Conclusion: The European Vegetarian Union wants to point out that
      a vegetarian diet needs to be balanced, just like any other one.
      However, comprehensive studies conducted over long periods and with
      thousands of participants have proven again and again that the
      vegetarian way of life is a very healthy one.
      Renato Pichler
      acting President
      European Vegetarian Union (EVU)
      www.european-vegetarian.org [http://www.european-vegetarian.org]
      Contact: EVU Secretariat
      Phone: +32 65 362584, e-mail:
      pRejDvokj79nkDX17iFhtiwTGQEJZLK7jVJmZig7Hhg> evu@...
      Press release online:
      > sstart=
      > (1) http://www.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/133/11/3941S
      > [http://www.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/133/11/3941S]
      > (2) http://www.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/133/11/3972S
      > [http://www.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/133/11/3972S]
      > (3) http://www.eatright.org/Public/NutritionInformation/92_17084.cfm
      > [http://www.eatright.org/Public/NutritionInformation/92_17084.cfm]
      > Statements
      > -Vegan Society UK -
      > http://www.european-vegetarian.org/lang/en/news/news.php?id=2109
      > [http://www.european-vegetarian.org/lang/en/news/news.php?id=2109]
      > -VegSource - http://www.vegsource.com/articles2/ncbs_vegan_study.htm
      > [http://www.vegsource.com/articles2/ncbs_vegan_study.htm]
      > -VVF - http://www.vegetarian.org.uk/mediareleases/050221.html
      > [http://www.vegetarian.org.uk/mediareleases/050221.html]
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