Vegan Course

Course Process
Common Objection:
“We need to eat meat to get all the nutrients our body needs.”
Animals get their nutrients from vegetation, fruits, and grains. Humans then consume the animals to obtain those nutrients. Why not just go direct to the source? Humans can get all the nutrients they require on a non-meat and dairy diet.
If a vegan or a meat-eater fails to eat a well-balanced diet, they will suffer from vitamin deficiency.
You can obtain all the nutrition you need from a vegan diet.
Eating meat is actually detrimental to health. 15 of the top 16 killer health issues are caused by meat and dairy consumption, and all can be reversed by a healthy vegan diet.
Common Objection:
“We have to eat meat to get all the protein our body needs.”
Nearly all vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds contain protein. Spinach contains 51% protein. Per calorie, spinach is about equal to chicken and fish in protein content.  Per calorie, broccoli has more protein than beef.
Meat is not the only or best source of protein.

Common Objection:
“Vegans lack a source of B12. B12 only comes from animals.”

Read the PDF: B12

95% of all B12 supplements manufactured are actually given to farmed animals.
Most factory-farmed animals are kept indoors and never even see soil during their lifetimes, so would certainly be deficient without supplementation.

Fungi, animals and plants are incapable of producing B12 on their own and must obtain it from outside sources. B12 is synthesized by bacteria and is therefore found in areas of bacterial growth, namely dirt/soil and water. Animals eat vegetation directly from the source and so obtain B12 in their vegan diet. Microorganisms produce all vitamin B12. While B12 can be found in the soil, it is not always a healthy or reliable supply.
B12 is required in smaller amounts than any other known vitamin. The daily recommended amount is less than 3 micrograms.
B12 deficiency symptoms usually take 5 – 20 years to develop in adults, but it can take only a year for some people if no B12 is consumed.
Large percentages of meat eaters suffer a B12 deficiency. In a population where vegans and vegetarians make up 3% of the population, 40% of the general population of young adult to middle aged people may suffer B12 deficiencies.
One study in the US found that 99% of people treated for B12 deficiency were meat eaters.
The issue with B12 deficiency is mainly a western problem due to farming methods. In many developing countries vegetables are grown, harvested and taken directly to market without any processing. Consuming this produce is a source of B12.
Factory farmed animals are not fed a natural diet and so they are either fed B12 supplements or injected with B12. Some B12 in factory farmed animals is produced by the bacteria in their intestines. You cannot consume the B12 in animals without consuming unwanted ingredients like cholestral.
Vegans can obtain the necessary amounts of B12 through supplements and fortified foods.

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