Gone Vegan

Lindsay Hutton discovers the politics and pragmatics behind a meat and dairy-free diet.

A recent study published in Osteoperosis International, contrasting the bone density of healthy post-menopausal women and vegan Buddhist nuns, concluded vegans can enjoy the same bone health as omnivores.

Science Daily reports that the findings are good news for vegans. "For the 5% of people in Western countries who choose to be vegetarians, this is very good news,” said Professor Nguyen. “Even vegans, who eat only plant-based foods, appear to have bones as healthy as everyone else.”

Buddhist nuns were targeted as an ideal sample due to their lifetime, faith-based adherence to a strict plant-based diet. As many vegans have dabbled in the lacto-ovo strain of vegetarianism, this specific population is a perfect focus for study. 

Interestingly enough, the nuns generally ingested just under 400 milligrams a day of calcium, less than half of the 1000 milligrams most health organizations recommend. 

Even more strangely, the researchers were quick to not recommend a vegan diet per se, but did note that veggies and fruits are indeed good for your bone health. Whatever happened to giving props when props are due? 

So, friends. I urge one and all of you to make your Mum or Dad (if they happen not to be Buddhist nuns or monks) a fresh veggie casserole, with my compliments.