Other side of the coin

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It’s no surprise to see Caroline Trapp cheerleading for vegan diets [“Food for thought on Diabetes,” Jan. 15]. Her employer, the deceptively named Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, promotes meatless, milkless, and fishless eating as part of its animal rights agenda. It’s not a mainstream health group.

There are two sides to any dietary coin. Adopting a vegan diet increases the risk of becoming deficient in key nutrients found in animal products, including vitamin D, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Last spring, a study published in the journal “Pediatrics” found that a vegan diet can increase women’s risk of delivering a child with birth defects. This is because of a lack of vitamin B12, a nutrient found in meat, milk and eggs.

Trapp’s boss (PCRM’s president) has called cheese “dairy crack.” Her group has run ads insinuating that eating meat is “tantamount to suicide.” So we should take this vegan advocacy group with a grain of salt; and a 12-ounce sirloin.

-David Martosko

Director of Research, Center for Consumer Freedom

Washington, D.C.