and you are free to eat what you want, but you've been posting misinformation on a site that is responsible for many that are new to plant based eating. My concern in particular is referencing comments from trusted sources that are completely misconstrued, and can easily sway new members into false beliefs.
Too many people start eating vegan and fail because of so many mixed messages on nutrition.
Your websites are not scientifically based research.
Some nutrients are destroyed by cooking, but some nutrients become more absorbable.
Thank you for your reply. Many posts on this site are opinions. I have been vegan for over twenty years and have my experiences and opinions, that does not require others to agree with what I say or act accordingly, any more than another vegans recommending impossible burgers or a myriad of fake meats, etcetera, should be listened to. Discernment is the key to change and life. Some things work for some humans but not for everyone. Soem humans can handle soy, some choose not to consume it. This is only one site for information, there are hundreds of other videos. sites, "experts", groups, and opinions., so newbies can find plenty of all kinds' of information all over the internet. There are many forms of veganism, including a small percentage of mostly raw-food eaters. There are well-known raw-foodists including Kristina as well as Dr. Gabriel Cousens, who is a medical doctor. Many humans have regained their health from chronic and life threatening illnesses via raw plant foods, the Gerson and Halleluliah diet, and the Hippocrates institute have been helping humans heal for over thirty years.
Any vegan 'diet" can be healthful or not depending on the food choices made. A raw diet can easily be inadequate if one does not get enough
calories, protein, iron, and take some supplements for B12 and maybe zinc.
I personally find many vegans eat less than healthfully, even though they have a right to their food choices and their food choices are vegan. I actually started out this way and consumed a lot of soy hot dogs, etcetera instead of whole foods. I have heard Dr. Greger and others say similar statements. Recommending 50% raw foods in anyone's diet is my belief system, as I understand it provides more enzymes, minerals, vitamins, energy and fiber. Most humans do not consume the recommended 5 fruit and 4 vegetable servings daily. My guess is that many vegans also do not meet this recommended amount, which would mean they are consuming other, surely processed, foods, etcetera, instead. While we want to encourage new vegans, we also make a huge mistake if NOT encouraging 'healthy" dietary choices, and emphasizing on whole plant foods are over processed foods. Anyone relying on a processed food diet, whether vegan, omnivore, or keto, will be eating less than adequate nutrition.
From my research on 'failed vegans", there are multiple causes according to studies. About 84% of vegans fail, and not because one vegan recommends less processed foods and 50% raw. I do not believe vegans fail because of mixed messages on nutrition. However a main theme I find with many vegans is that fake meats are chosen part of being vegan, which can be interpreted as misinformation as well. The main one is humans well-intentioned but who do not do their homework and educate themselves, who jump into this not knowing how to eat vegan properly, not eating enough calories, not getting enough protein, and those with a disordered diet mentality. Others include the fact that meat is socially acceptable and is a huge addiction and habit for most humans in multiple ways. They are used to the overstimulating effect of hormones, iron overload, carnitine, and tons of B12 from eating animals. Another is social isolation and not having any connection or interaction with other vegans, feeling different from previous friends, family, co-workers because of their new "veganism", and having a challenge when they are teased, laughed at, or ridiculed.
I do not believe vegans fail because of "mixed messages" on nutrition, except that according to studies, vegans are typically low or deficient in
D3, Zinc, iodine, iron and B12 (if they do not supplement). "New" vegans need to understand these truths, and may feel they are missing information that other vegans should tell them. I have also heard that many ex-vegans were unaware of the high amounts of phytic acid, lectins, and other mineral
robbers in plant foods. However a theme I find with many vegans is that processed foods and fake meats are a chosen part of being vegan, which can be interpreted as "misinformation" and false beliefs in my opinion.
My posts were not intended to harm anyone or provide misinformation of any kind. However, it is essential that new vegans understand the benefits of whole raw plant foods and that processed foods may not provide the adequate nutrition that will keep them going long-term and they may end up "failing" directly because of that choice. I am willing to exit this forum if you feel it is in the best interest of the newbies. namaste', rachel goodkind