Last week Harley Johnson (a.k.a. Durianrider) champion of the “low fat, raw, vegan” experiment attempted to debate Richard Nikoley (blogger at Free the Animal). With facts and reasoning on his side, Richard clearly articulated the benefits of eating a Paleo diet based on nutrient dense animal products.
At one point in the debate, Richard challenged the listeners to compare the nutritional value of a small four ounce serving of beef liver to a “healthy” vegan alternative. One listener (via 30 Bananas a Day) suggested that his meal of 5 pounds of fruit (mangos and strawberries) was nutritionally equivalent to the liver. Five pounds of fruit (at one meal) – You must be joking (211 grams of sugary carbohydrates)!
Note: Not everyone loves to eat liver; however almost any cut of pasture-raised meat will show a vastly superior nutritional profile to the vegan alternative.
My worldview is strongly shaped by a belief that humans are a product of millions of years of evolution and adaptation. While our large brains have enabled us to achieve great things (from a human point of view), we too often think that evolutionary rules do not apply to us, that we are special and different from the other creatures on the planet.
A case in point is the belief that humans are best suited to a vegan diet, one devoid of ANY animal products. This belief is based on a moral argument that says keeping and/or killing animals for human needs and nutrition is wrong and unnecessary. While I can appreciate the sentiment, it totally ignores how our species has eaten (AND ADAPTED) for thousands of generations.
Let me be clear – I think that vegetarians, partaking of nutrient dense animal products such as eggs, milk, and cheese, can live in a healthy fashion. Vegans on the other hand are choosing to ignore evolution and experiment with an unproven diet. I do not think their experiment will end well.