A vegan dietitian reviews ‘What the Health’


Will the popular new movie ‘What the Health‘ inspire more people to become devoted vegans and animal-rights activists? Or does the fact that it is based on junk science and cherry picking shed undeserved negative light on vegan diets?

Here’s an article by a vegan dietitian, arguing that the latter is more true.

Getting people to take animal rights seriously is a huge challenge. I cannot imagine that it does our efforts for animals any good when we build advocacy around hyperbole, junk science, conspiracy theories, and transparent dishonesty.

On the surface, What the Health may seem like good advocacy for animals. I suspect that in the long run, though, this kind of outreach sets our efforts back and slows our progress on behalf of animal rights.

Vegan.com: A Vegan Dietitian Reviews “What the Health”

For a more detailed point-by-point review of the health claims in the movie, check out our review:

‘What the Health‘ Review: Health Claims Backed by No Solid Evidence


  1. Scout
    Beautiful! Whilst I don't personally think any scientist, dietitian or doctor will EVER be able to solidly prove veganism is a healthy, sustainable diet (because it isn't as it lacks many animal-product vital nutrients), it's extremely refreshing to see that some vegans are fully ready to call out "their people" on their lies. I wish more did this, rather than buying into it just to further their agenda and spread the word of their weird little cult.
  2. Uodka
    The movie gets a lot of stuff wrong, and uses hyperbole and poor assumptions about the ADA representative's motivations, etc. I wish they had done a better job and stuck to solid evidence & the taken whole body of evidence into account, because their poor science & cherry-picking of studies hurts the vegan movement.

    However, given a wholesome, balanced vegan diet, all that 's needed is a B-12 supplement and perhaps Vitamin D if you're not getting adequate sun exposure for your skin to make its own. Omega-3 capsules from algae are available as well, pus plant sources like flax & chia seeds. Many meat-eaters need vitamin B-12 supplements, too, due to poor absorption from food, and people who consume dairy products are getting artificial vitamin D supplementation through fortified dairy. So it could be said that a good vegan diet is no more "lacking in nutrients" or in need of supplementation than an omnivorous diet. There are some claims of additional nutrients that animal products have, from the Weston Price Foundation & others, but those are far from proven, more in the realm of pseudoscience.

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