Are Vegans Stupid?

I can’t do politics today, so I will pontificate on something incontrovertible— veganism.

An article popped up in my newsfeed because it would seem my data has been sold, regarding the effects of veganism on intelligence, brain function, etc.

While I didn’t finish the article because I lost interest and they seemed to insinuate mathy things, I was able to capture its essence without using my calculator or Google.

Tests on starving Africans, comprising three kinds of soup, tested the effects of meat on cognitive ability vs. a vegan’s intrinsic mental impairment. I wonder if the meat industry-funded this research. Or, do people really care this much about how others choose to eat?

They fed three types of soups to, again, starving people: one group was fed soup that only contained beef, they gave the second group soup made with only dairy products, and the third group ate soup that consisted only of oil. (Yum. 🙄)

Those who were fed beef were more focussed and analytical than participants in the other two groups. My hypothesis would be that these are starving people who needed calories and of the three ingredients, meat is highest in calories, and it takes the longest to digest. I’m only a vegan – what do I know?

My gotcha is that the group placing second in the IQish test was the oil-eating group. Oil is higher in calories than dairy. But the article didn’t mention that, nor did its author delve into any results of the non-meat soup eaters.

Right before I started drooling and staring at the wall, I read something I already knew. There are two important minerals vegan diets lack, and they affect energy and cognition. Vegans need to take vitamin B12 and iron supplements daily, or we will, in fact, be stupid.

Also: blah blah blah nuts, blah blah blah kale, blah blah blah smoothie…

Live and let live, dummies.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200127-how-a-vegan-diet-could-affect-your-intelligence

11 thoughts on “Are Vegans Stupid?

  1. Hi Lydia, my understanding is that ALL protein comes from plants, not some of it, all of it. And the fact that meat contains protein is because the animal eats it i.e. when you eat meat you are receiving secondhand protein digested by the animal. Check out Dr Milton Mills on youtube His video Protein Chemistry for Understanding Nutrition by Dr Milton Mills is a long video but at 5 minutes in he makes the statement. I’m vegan by choice and no one could convince me that I don’t get enough protein. Like you though, I don’t talk about veganism unless asked directly.

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  2. Imagine how the experiment would have turned out if they added some couscous or any grain to the soup. Biased studies are the easiest to spot!

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  3. Interesting article and I think that meat is generally higher in calories compared to the same volume of vegan food. Which is why those starving people who had had meat were more focused. Though the correct quantity of vegan food on someone who is healthy is just as good, if not better compared to a meat diet imo.

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