Why going vegan may not be the best thing for your health — or the planet's

Feb. 2, 2018

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Veganism isn't exactly the magic health bullet some people think it is.

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For one, vegan staples aren't always as healthy as they're cracked up to be.

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Fake meats can be full of sodium, artificial ingredients, preservatives, processed oils and little nutritional value.

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Another thing: Many vegan staples, when consumed in excess, can be bad for the environment.

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It takes 1.1 gallons of water to produce a single almond. The demand for almonds taxes heavily on California's already limited water supply.

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Avocados, often regarded as a great source of healthy fat for vegans, need a lot of water, too.

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The demand for avocados is so great that in Chile, some towns' water supplies have been depleted, Mother Jones reported.

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Growing soybeans, which are the main ingredient in tofu, has led to deforestation.

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Natural ecosystems across South America are being disrupted for soy production, the World Wildlife Fund noted. Biodiversity is also being threatened.

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Vegan diets may not supply people with all of the nutrients required in a healthy diet — and this has nothing to do with protein.

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The body has a harder time digesting iron and zinc from plant sources. Vegan diets are often low in vitamin D.

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There are many pros to the animal-free diet, but it's important to recognize that veganism isn't without problems of its own.

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