Health in the media
After insulting vegans in general, Vine goes on to say that only celebrities can be healthy vegans because only they can afford nutritionists and chefs and that ordinary people can’t possibly get it right.
It’s the worst kind of journalism; a tiny bit of truth expanded into some ludicrous scare-story. These days it seems, the word ‘vegan’ inserted into any story will guarantee you a headline.
The article describes how vegans are missing out on… wait for it… protein, B12 and omega-3 fats. Nutritionist, Shona Wilkinson, told the Express: There are a few nutrients that may fall short in even the healthiest vegan diet.
They say the march of the vegans is triggering a radical change to menus at high street chains and in household brand foods.
This week, protein supplement company P-fit released the results of their survey of 2,498 vegetarians saying that most of them believed their diet was lacking in – you’ve guessed it – protein! Apparently, around 600 of them reckoned their diet was lacking in protein, iron and B12.
However, the widespread warnings don’t seem to translate into action.
The scientists analysed data from 170 countries with regards to differences in lifestyle, physical activity and calorie intake and found that the availability of meat accounted for 13 per cent of obesity rates. Sugar contributed another 13 per cent.
What the headlines are not saying is that more people than ever are being diagnosed with cancer. In the UK, one in every two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.