Just as I was dosing off a few weeks back, my brother mentioned that Robb Wolf (messiah of the paleo diet’s disciples) had tweeted about how vegan diets were linked to mental disorders.1
He read the tweet out to me. At first, I wasn’t particularly concerned about the actual link. I’m very sceptical of the technique used by so many newspapers and link-bait websites whereby a study has arisen about how x gives you cancer, or why you should start drinking more of y because it means you won’t get Alzheimer’s. The reasons for being sceptical are outlined beautifully in the article, broccoli is bad for you.
Anyone who knows me well will be aware that I talk about veganism quite a lot these days.
For those not in the know, I decided to switch from a full, meat-eating omnivorous diet to a vegan one about a year and a half ago.
After discussing veganism with some friends yesterday, the suggestion that inuit diets were the best for preventing heart disease etc came up. I didn’t really know much about it, so I looked it up when I got home, only to discover it’s a myth based on a discredited study from the 70s. Bizarrely though, the fact that it was debunked doesn’t seem to have stopped the craze for fish oil supplements.
Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.
– Jonathan Swift
Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr
At the company where I work, we have an annual get together (known to us as the “Grand Meetup”). One thing that we all have to do at this event is deliver a four minute “flash talk” on any topic of our choosing. I gave a talk about my decision last year to adopt a vegan diet.