A group of Canadian health professionals has taken strong exception to Canada’s federal health agency’s growing advocacy of a “plant-based diet.”
The Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition say there is no scientific support for such a diet, and warns that plant-based eating omits such important nutrients as vitamin B12, absorbable iron, zinc, long chain omega-3 and polyunsaturated fats.
The proposed focus on a plant-based approach lacks sound scientific support.
The clinicians wrote in a recent letter to the Calgary Herald newspaper:
The strongly worded letter was in response to an earlier opinion piece that said Canada’s new food guide, currently under development, is on the right track by focusing on plant-based foods.
Rather, the clinicians noted, a diet that includes meat, eggs and dairy and that minimizes sugar and carbohydrates has been shown to be more beneficial.
“Animal products have always been a cornerstone of a healthy diet for humans,” wrote the eight authors, one of whom is our contributor Dr. Èvelyne Bourdua-Roy.