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Angelina Jolie Says Vegan Diet Nearly Killed Her
09-18-2010, 02:16 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-18-2010, 02:18 AM by Genteel.)
Angelina Jolie Says Vegan Diet Nearly Killed Her

Quote:Jolie Says Vegan Diet Nearly Killed Her

Filed under: green and famous — Michael d'Estries @ 11:02 am

August 30th 2010

Angelina Jolie has thrown some negative light on the vegan scene with some comments she reportedly made during a press briefing for her new movie SALT.

“I joke that a big juicy steak is my beauty secret,” she quipped. “But seriously, I love red meat. I was a vegan for a long time, and it nearly killed me. I found I was not getting enough nutrition.”

As we’ve seen here on the ‘razz, every person is different when it comes to choosing a diet that works for them. There are many, many extremely active vegans who made the switch long ago to drop all animal products and never looked back. There have been some that have gone back and forth — and others that tried it and felt that it wasn’t the right thing for their body. Ok, cool — everyone is different.

As one medical doctor wrote, however, such Jolie’s comments can lead many, many people to believe that going vegan means sacrificing health in the process. “The real truth is that a total plant-based, or vegan, diet has been shown in peer-reviewed research to be the most effective method of not only preventing, but also reversing the chronic diseases that are killing 75% of Americans every year,” says Dr. Stuart Seale.

“The nutritional truth is this – there is no macro- or micronutrient found in animal products that couldn’t be better, and more healthfully, obtained from plant foods. For anyone who chooses to follow a well-balanced vegan diet, his or her health will certainly benefit from the decision.”

via dlisted (Thanks for the tip, Alyson!)

I must agree with Dr. Mercola's assessment of this statement of Angelina Jolie's:

Quote:My Beliefs on Vegetarianism

Let me summarize my position on this issue as it seems I failed to previously communicate it clearly and many thought I was advocating that everyone should eat meat, which is not at all the case.

I strongly believe every one should seek to consume high quality fresh organic and locally grown vegetables every day. The only question is how many, and what type of vegetables. I believe vegetables, and not large amounts of fruits, provide the powerhouse of nutritional benefits that will vastly improve your health.

Will Cholesterol and Fat from Meat Harm Your Health?

In all likelihood Ms. Jolie is a protein type, or perhaps a mixed type, and adding an occasional steak back into her diet may very well be just what she needed – even though some pro-vegan MD’s like Stuart Seale vehemently disagree and ask her to “reconsider her position.”

In his blog he responds to Jolie’s comment by saying:

“Carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy production, not protein, so if you’re feeling fatigued eating more animal foods won’t help.

What you will find naturally in animal foods are cholesterol, excess saturated fats, trans fat, antibiotics, concentrated toxins, and disease-causing bacteria (any potential bacterial contamination of plant foods comes from animal sources).”

Well, you need to remember that there’s more to nutrition than this and it’s all about synergy. You need a little bit of everything. And the idea that cholesterol and saturated fats are bad for you is also one of the most common health myths out there.

First of all, fatigue and listlessness can be due to any number of nutritional deficiencies, not just a lack of fuel in the form of carbs.

Just as a quick example, certain animal-based foods such as raw milk products, raw eggs, and meat contain high concentrations of the precursor amino acids that your body uses to make glutathione, which is your body’s most powerful antioxidant.

Not only that, but your body cannot function properly without sufficient amounts of protein (which will vary from person to person). Without high quality protein you cannot build new cells or maintain tissues, for example.

As for cholesterol and saturated fat being your enemy, this misconception has been carefully debunked in more recent years. Alas, the conventional system is not known for its speed to embrace corrective action even when a fallacy has been clearly revealed.

For an in-depth review of this issue, please read my most recent cholesterol report.

The truth is, many of the health problems attributed to fat and cholesterol are in fact caused by SUGAR, not fat!

If you do not understand this vital concept, you will likely continue to sabotage your health – avoiding health promoting foods, and substituting them with some of the most harmful ones.

As for meats being loaded with “antibiotics, concentrated toxins, and disease-causing bacteria,” Dr. Seale is correct – when discussing commercially-raised, factory farmed meats.

These problems, however, are absent when restricting meat choices to organically-raised, grass-fed meats.

Folks, these really are like two entirely different animals, and unless you can wrap your head around that fact, you’ll continue to be misled about the dangers of meat and other animal-based protein such as eggs and raw dairy as well.

I just wanted this to be quantified for all vegans, vegetarians, and the like. We purchase our beef from a local farmer (side of beef, 9-10 months old, grass and mother's milk fed - NO grain). Absolutely wonderful meat. Not necessarily organic as the cows are vaccinated, but I think that may be okay. I know they put mercury in human vaccines, I don't know if it is in the animal variations.

Meat may not be for everyone, but don't label all red meat as the same is really the point of this thread. Red meat purchased from an organic farmer, or close to organic is absolutely the best you can get. I mean if it is good enough for Prince Charles (the Antichrist LOL), it is good enough for me:

Quote:The Prince is Patron of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and has worked for many years to help preserve the rare native breeds of the UK, which have been replaced over the years by foreign breeds and breeding programmes more suited to intensive farming methods. Animals such as Tamworth and Large Black pigs, Irish Moiled, Gloucester, Shetland and British White cattle, as well as Hebridean and Cotswold sheep...

Eat it and weep! LOL! LOL
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