Meat and dairy belong in a healthy diet, experts say

Dairy and meat diet

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:

Calgary Herald: Healthiest diets include meat and dairy say health professionals

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.


Anne Mullens

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  1. Gentiann
    We need meat and dairy, saturated fat and dietary cholesterol !!!
    Go keto!
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  2. clg
    The vegan keyboard warriors are out in force!
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  1. Bakhtyar Irani
    Very informative
  2. Benjamin I Davis
    We don't need saturated fat, dietary oxidized cholesterol, trans fats, or exogenous mammial hormones. We don't need meat or dairy.
  3. Gentiann
    We need meat and dairy, saturated fat and dietary cholesterol !!!
    Go keto!
  4. Liz
    Watch videos on how cows and other animals are imprisoned and slaughtered, I doubt most people would eat meat or dairy.
    Replies: #23, #34
  5. Anon
    Lol good one. No scientific research? Sure yep, just look at our history. Proof enough that diets with meat and dairy only cause illness and disease.
    Reply: #33
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  7. clg
    The vegan keyboard warriors are out in force!
  8. Tyler
    This is is not true and the person that wrote this article didn't so their research. There is plenty of scientific peer reviewes reaearch that a plant based diet can reverse type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It's clear that our global meat intake has hiked over the past 100 years and so has diabetes and heart disease, they correlation is undeniable. Kaiser Permanente and many other leading hospitals now require to offer plant based nutrition advice to their patients. Follow the doctors that are getting results.
    Reply: #32
  9. Skyler
    This is is not true and the person that wrote this article didn't do their research. There is plenty of scientific peer reviewed reasearch that a plant based diet can reverse type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It's clear that our global meat intake has hiked over the past 100 years and so has diabetes and heart disease, the correlation is undeniable. Kaiser Permanente and many other leading healthcare systems now require thier providers to educate patients on plant based nutrition. Follow the doctors that are getting results
    Reply: #31
  10. Munawar Baig
    Lol. Eat plant based food in 5 weekdays and enjoy animal protein in weekend 2 days. Khallas!!!

    Love you all. Be healthy and live happily

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  12. Haslie kemp
    Vegan diet not safe. Soil is not fit. Veggies full of pesticides herbicides ecoli . I eat balance diet of meat absent of hormones antibiotics and veggies . not too much of either. God said I could eat meat and Jesus taught his disciples how to fish and fed a multitude with two fish. God clothed Adam and Eve in animal skin and not lettuce leaves. Have not eaten lettuce in over 20 years. I am 80 years old
    Reply: #28
  13. Haslie kemp
    Meat per se is not the problem not how we grow it and how we eat it. We God asked for animal sacrifices he wanted the fat of the animal burned and not eaten. Hamburger was not eaten or the by products
    Replies: #19, #27
  14. Alex
    Oops! Here come the veganites!
  15. Brigitte
    Dear vegans, can you please explain how a diet that requires regular injections of an essential vitame (recommendation by peta Germany) can be the best for our health? Or why it would be considered the most natural diet for humans? How did our ancestors in the days before B12 shots manage to survive?
    I'm waiting for scientific explanations.
  16. Storm
    Will the vegans tell us who is going to look after all the cows, pigs, chickens etc if we no longer eat them. Have they got space in their own back yards? I don’t think they have thought about this little problem 🤔
  17. Tony
    I'm 95 years old male and have eaten meat and dairy all my life. Genetics has a lot to do with your illnesses you will have through out your life. And I'll keep eating my meat and let's see if your grass feeders live to my meat eating old ass age 0f 95 and counting.
    Reply: #24
  18. Vic
    Not all the fat. Just that surrounding the organs/offal. Plenty of other fat in the juicy meat consumed :)
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  20. Una
    I eat meat and dairy very happily, and intend to for the rest of my life. If you are trying to preach to us, you have unfortunately got the wrong site. There is such a thing as compassionate farming, and also I've met and seen quite a few under-nurished - and very fat - vegetarians and vegans who are socially isolated.
  21. Una
    Well said, Tony! Eating with friends is not a religion and is what keeps us going as well. Some people only have FB friends and preach on here to the rest of us. You are a wonderful example to us all and have ot just longevity but also quality of life to be admired. Many more years to come!
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  23. Una
    Will the vegans just clear off from this site! Those of us trying to lose a bit of weight and spend quality time with our friends all the year round with a meal, just don't need to be preached at on here by vegans - either on here or protesting in supermarkets.
  24. Una
    What? God?
  25. Una
    I am far from bring anti-religious but need to bring in religion as this is not a religious site but a dieting and wellbeing site. It is inappropriate and people have paid to belong on here to lose weight, nor to be converted to the Bible or the Koran!
  26. Una
    but no need ...
  27. Una
    So what are you doing on this site?
  28. Una
    Carbohydrates! This site is about lowering carbs not increasing them!
  29. Una
    So you're an expert?
  30. Mich
    Meat, Dairy and SUGAR.

    Lol good one. No scientific research? Sure yep, just look at our history. Proof enough that diets with meat and dairy only cause illness and disease.

  31. Gay
    I think there is some common ground between keto and vegan/vegetarian supporters...WE ALL WANT FACTORY FARMING TO STOP! sustainable farming actually helps the environment. Check out these Ted Talks with Allen Savory:
    https://www.bing.com/search?q=allen+savory+ted+talk&src=IE-Searc...

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