Is a vegan diet better for your health? – BBC World Service
- The BBC World Service’s CrowdScience podcast explores whether a vegan diet is better for your health from a festival in London. The attendees at the festival generally feel that a vegan lifestyle is healthier.
- Various viewpoints are covered, including those who follow veganism for environmental or animal welfare reasons, and those considering the switch for health benefits. One concern raised is the need for supplements to cover potential deficiencies in B12 and iodine.
- Epidemiologist Professor Tim Key mentions that, based on his research, vegans tend to have lower BMI, lower cholesterol, and possibly lower risks of certain diseases like diabetes and heart disease. However, they may be at higher risk for bone fractures.
- Some recent research suggests that meat alternatives can lead to lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, but also decreased white blood cell counts, which could possibly compromise the immune system.
- The podcast concludes that while there are many health benefits to a vegan diet, more research is needed. There are also cultural and economic factors that influence whether adopting a vegan lifestyle is feasible for everyone