Episode 105. Vegan Diet and Angry Omnivores

May 7, 2018 | 0 comments

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Show Notes

Scott’s received some strong reactions from both vegans and omnivores about his transition to eating vegan. Join the Coach and Andy as they continue their discussion about the vegan diet, why they made the change, and others’ reactions to it.

The research is compelling

  • Diet has become a topic to be avoided in polite conversation, along with politics and religion.
  • Scott explains that he’s not trying to convert his followers to being vegan. Rather, he is trying to educate people on the research about the benefits of eating a vegetable-only diet.
  • Research from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and other scientific publications supports vegan [and vegetarian] diets as healthier.
    Vegans are leaner and healthier, according to the textbook Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, Shils, ME, et al. Tenth Edition.
  • Scott and co-host Andy Sinclair switched to vegan after extensive review of scientific evidence.
  • Eating animal protein and ratio of protein to body weight (e.g., at least 1g protein per 1kg of body weight) has become dogma within the fitness industry.
  • Many vegetables have high protein contents; both Andy and Scott estimate they are consuming less protein (in terms of grams) with no ill effects but are not attempting to quantify it.
  • In general, vegetarians consume fewer saturated fats.
  • It’s possible for meat lovers to transition to completely plant-based without feeling deprived.
  • Scott only recently moved to eating vegan; he was a meat-eater for years, even after seeing the poultry and animal-slaughtering processes. On the other hand, his ex-wife decided to go vegetarian on-the-spot after they saw a goat slaughtered in an open-air market.
  • Coach and Andy discuss YouTube videos that depict animal slaughter and how that has influenced their decision to stay fully vegan. Health benefits aside, ethical treatment of animals is a consideration in the vegan diet.
  • Paul McCartney once said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”


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