padma norbu wrote:I would prefer not to eat animals. I would also prefer not to spend a fortune just to feed myself (raw food). I would prefer not to have vitamin deficiencies. I would also like to keep my hair and not deplete my bones (according to vegans, a high-protein diet [meat] is full of uric acid and other crap which destroys your body, makes you stiff and depletes your bones and teeth).
Vegan diets are very good, whether raw or not. One needs to be careful to get enough B12, and there are a few veg sources, such as brewers yeast and spirulina algae. Otherwise, eat a variety of colored vegetables, green, orange, red, purple, etc. and you will have a hard time not getting good nutrition. My physician recommends only a vegan diet, and I would be on one, except for my wife, who must have her fix of meat and I like meat so don't always remain vegan. I checked the internet on edu and med sites and found a vegan diet was very healthful.
I saw a documentary done by twin physicians, who went to an Eskimo village in the Arctic circle, where they cannot grow vegetables. Their diet is fish, walrus, and whale, and they are very healthy, much better than typical westerners. The twins dieted for two weeks while they visited the village. One ate prepared food from the local grocery, hot-dogs, bread, chips, etc. and the other ate fish, walrus and whale. At the end of the two weeks, the one's who ate hot-dogs had a 30% higher blood cholesterol the other had a 30% lower blood cholesterol.
My analysis is that the human body can do well on a variety of diets, but canned and other prepared foods are not very good for people.
HHDL: "My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."