Vegetarian diet not healthy. Really?
If you come across any articles in the press about vegetarianism, you might, and rightfully so, get an impression that people like to jump to conclusions about everything vegan or vegetarian. A recent article on the Radio Taiwan International website is simply designed to make non-vegetarians feel better about themselves. At least if they don’t really think about what they’re reading.
According to Dr. Hung, one main reason is that many vegetarian foods are fried in oil that contains trans-fatty acids, and this form of acid is extremely harmful to the health.
Trans fat is bad for you - no argument here. However, is there a study that shows that vegetarians consume more trans fat than non-vegetarians? I want to see one before I believe anyone claiming this. No doubt a lot of people indulge in unhealthy eating habits such as consuming oil fried foods on a regular basis. However, if someone becomes a vegetarian for health reasons they’re sure to be more careful about eating anything that’s not fresh green vegetables or fruit.
Dr. Hung doesn’t stop here of course.
Dr. Hung said another reason is that vegetarians tend to eat a lot of bean products. But such products contain fairly high purine content that breaks down into uric acid.
I wonder if Dr. Hung knows enough about products that contain purine. In fact, meat products contain more purine than beans.
In a 12-year study that followed eating habits and gout incidence in large number of men it was found that eating food rich in purine, such as meat and seafood, was associated with high risk of gout… Moderate intake of purine-rich vegetables or protein was not associated with an elevated risk of gout.
Apparently it’s not like non-vegetarians are safer from uric acid in any respect.
It’s just another clueless attempt to say something silly about vegetarian diet and ask people to eat meat (not explicitly though) and lots of green leafy veggies and drink water - just to stay on the right side of fashion.
I’m just curious if one has to have a higher IQ to see how baseless the arguments of Dr Hung are?