Post by ayoungspirit on Jul 4, 2013 8:59:02 GMT -5
Being vegan or vegetarian is actually a pretty tough challenge because of insufficient endogenous creatine and choline production, vitamin B12 deficit and most of all, fibers and lectins related digestive problems. Some beans, lentils or grains really can be tough to digest, especially in the healthy whole grain form, because plants also have their defenses against being eaten, they really want to return to the ground to live. This is especially true if you want a decent amount of proteins, as 0.8g x bodyweight is said to be sufficient but bigger amounts allow better cognitive, muscle and liver functions. It is manageable with well-formulated supplements, but one have to be really informed and have very strong belief before starting it (or he will risk become a not very convincing and very unjust case for "vegan/vegetarian are feeble cranks"). There is study proof that Vegan/Vegetaran diet still is better than industrial diet though.
The debate about carbs (and gluten) has yet to be really started in France, as the one on milk, and the one touching cholesterol is just emerging. French people are really not into supplements, but if you want my advice on it, individual inquiries are instructive