Angelina Jolie has thrown some negative light on the vegan scene with some comments she reportedly made during a press briefing for her new movie SALT.
“I joke that a big juicy steak is my beauty secret,” she quipped. “But seriously, I love red meat. I was a vegan for a long time, and it nearly killed me. I found I was not getting enough nutrition.”
As we’ve seen here on the ‘razz, every person is different when it comes to choosing a diet that works for them. There are many, many extremely active vegans who made the switch long ago to drop all animal products and never looked back. There have been some that have gone back and forth — and others that tried it and felt that it wasn’t the right thing for their body. Ok, cool — everyone is different.
As one medical doctor wrote, however, such Jolie’s comments can lead many, many people to believe that going vegan means sacrificing health in the process. “The real truth is that a total plant-based, or vegan, diet has been shown in peer-reviewed research to be the most effective method of not only preventing, but also reversing the chronic diseases that are killing 75% of Americans every year,” says Dr. Stuart Seale.
“The nutritional truth is this – there is no macro- or micronutrient found in animal products that couldn’t be better, and more healthfully, obtained from plant foods. For anyone who chooses to follow a well-balanced vegan diet, his or her health will certainly benefit from the decision.”
via dlisted (Thanks for the tip, Alyson!)