Eat a steak for your mental health

Caption: You’d never guess it, but he’s a vegan.

Hal Herzog?s Some we love, some we hate, some we eat is highly recommended reading. Herzog is a psychologist who specialises in studying the relationship between humans and animals. He is also an unusually honest writer: while he openly leans to the side of animal rights and vegetarianism, he is not afraid to rigorously investigate both. The basic thesis of his book is that humans are practically incapable of rationally thinking about animals: our emotional reactions, one way or the other, are simply too strong and irrational.

Few people seem to be as emotionally irrational as vegans. While I can understand, and to a degree, sympathise with vegetarians? arguments about killing animals for food, vegans? assertions that even eating honey is unacceptable seems just, well?crazy. It doesn?t help that, so often, vegans themselves frankly come across as raving loonies. Whether it?s Vegan Gaines waving a pistol around and shouting threats in a video addressed to fellow YouTuber Bearing, or a vegan cyclist (a double-whammy, there) filming himself screaming threats and abuse at car drivers, these folk don?t often seem to have that firm a grip on sanity.

Turns out there may be a reason for that. Quote:

The chief physician at a leading hospital in Denmark has warned that being vegan can cause mental disabilities and other disorders.

Dr. Allan Lund of Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen highlighted the risks of a vegan lifestyle for young people in an ?appearance last week on Danish TV.

?Such a diet may involve developing different brain symptoms, with muscle weakness, poor contact, and epilepsy,? he told TV4. “And in the long term mental retardation.” End of quote.

Tell us something we don?t know, Dr Sherlock. Quote:

According to Lund, his hospital has recently treated a number of vegan kids with such problems.

The news program aired amid a national debate in Denmark over the growing phenomenon of parents putting their children on a plant-based diet. End of quote.

Parents who use their children as ideological ventriloquist dummies for their weird ideologies, whether it be veganism or transgenderism, deserve a special place in hell.

This finding is hardly surprising. As Hal Herzog?s book shows, some 86% of vegetarians and 70% of vegans end up reverting to eating meat. One third cited declining health as the reason. Herzog has also cited research that shows that vegetarians are much more prone to depression than meat-eaters.

Humans are omnivores. Undeniably, some humans can thrive on a plant-based diet, while others can get by on meat alone. This is hardly surprising: humans evolved as omnivores, and simple genetic variation is going to mean that there will outliers at either end of the vegetarian/carnivore spectrum. But that comes at a cost: nearly half of vegetarians said that maintaining a healthy diet while eating only plants was just too difficult.

The fact is that most humans require both plant and animal nutrition.

So, be healthy and happy: have a BLT.