The Vegetarian Myth of Nutritional Superiority

Posted by Brian PCF
Sep 04 2012

Last week we discussed the vegetarian myth of morality and the week before the myth of sustainability.  This week, I’m going to lay out a few reasons against the vegetarian myth of nutritional superiority.

The first issue with vegetarianism is hyperinsulinemia.  If you are eating a non-meat based diet, you’re carbohydrate intake is most likely through the roof.  You’re mainly relying on grains, corn, rice, soy (and other legumes) and root vegetables for most of your calories.  Without fail, these are foods that are going to increase insulin.  That insulin signals your body to store fat.  So whatever calories you take in that aren’t burned immediately will be stored as fat.

The second issue is the autoimmune response from eating a grain and legume based diet.  Both these food groups have evolved anti-predation defense mechanisms so that they cannot be ingested by mammals.  Through genetic manipulation in the form of simple culling/breeding and complex genetic engineering, these anti-predation defenses have been bypassed to a degree.  However, we cannot totally short-circuit the natural relationship we’re designed to have with food and “non-food”.  So regardless of how we try to change this, we still see significant autoimmune diseases (basically anything that ends in “-itis”) in vegetarians.  Once these folks adopt a paleo diet, they go away or diminish significantly.

The last issue is in terms of micro-nutrients.  Loren Cordain was the first person to lay out this argument, and did so with proof that seems impossible to explain away.  In his “Cereal Grains: Humanity’s Double Edged Sword” we see table after table showing that it is absolutely impossible to replicate the necessary amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids that a meat-based diet provides.  Richard Nikoley took this basic study a step further and laid out the primacy of meat (and especially organ meat) in providing sufficient micronutrients.

I hope the last few weeks have challenged some common vegetarian prejudices.  The last point that I’ll make, and the one I’ll hang my hat on any day is: empiricism.  This model either works or it doesn’t.  I’d ask anyone considering this diet to NOT BELIEVE A SINGLE THING I SAY.  Just try it, it’ll either work or it won’t.

If it doesn’t, tell everyone you know that I’m a giant asshole that doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  If it does, you can say those sweet sweet words: Brian, you were right.

If you were/are a vegetarian, have any of these arguments made a dent? If you’ve tried to talk to vegetarians about going Paleo, what arguments have worked for you?

[More from Lierre Keith’s Vegetarian Myth]

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