Side Effects of Going Vegan Explained: Health Consequences from Avoiding Wholesome Animal Foods

by Mike Mutzel


Removing all animal foods from your diet usually causes unfavorable health consequences, studies suggest. Let's discuss ways to avoid the micronutrient deficiencies that my be present on a plant-based diet.



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O’Keefe, J. H., O’Keefe, E. L., Lavie, C. J. & Cordain, L. Debunking the vegan myth: The case for a plant-forward omnivorous whole-foods diet. Prog Cardiovasc Dis 74, 2–8 (2022).

Show Notes:


01:28 Deficiencies from these diets cause hair loss (for women too), hormonal changes, skin issues, hypothyroidism, sarcopenia (muscle loss) osteoporosis, and bone fractures.

06:45 Professional medical organizations are promoting vegan and plant-based diets, despite evidence to the contrary.

09:33 There are 5x more former vegans or vegetarians than current ones.

10:00 Plant-based diets do not signify a reduction in all-cause mortality.

11:20 Linked with anxiety, neurologic dysfunction, cognitive impairment, Musculo-skeletal, and immunological issues.

12:00 Supplement with B12, zinc, omega 3 fats, selenium, iodine, and protein.

12:15 Depressive disorders are significantly more common in vegans and vegetarians.

13:30 Eating disorder occurrences are higher in vegans and vegetarians.

16:20 Humans are omnivores.

18:10 Vegans/vegetarians may be more health conscious, which overestimates the health benefits of the diet when compared to other diets.

19:20 Nose to tail eating.

22:25 Supplementing with collagen, organic bone meal, omega 3 fats, and glycosaminoglycan chondroitin may be helpful.

22:50 Processed, overcooked, or burned meat is harmful.

23:20 Fermented foods are more digestible.

25:30 The scientists promote a plant forward omnivorous diet.


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