Have you ever noticed that whenever you see an article about vegetarianism or veganism in mainstream media it always comes with the "well planned" disclaimer? They always say that according to XYZ, a vegetarian or vegan diet can be healthy if they are "well planned."
The "well planned" diet disclaimer attached to all vegetarian diets is a bit ridiculous. But what gets me the most is that an omnivore's diet never comes with that disclaimer. No, if you eat meat you never have to have a well planned diet in order to be healthy. Or at least that's the way it appears, since only vegetarian diets get the label.
Personally I think the label should be the other way around. Those who eat meat should be told over and over that if they want to be healthy they should be engaging in a well-planned meat eating diet. Instead, they are told to just turn to drugs to fix any health issues. Case in point: statins, which are cholesterol lowering drugs.
We all know that cholesterol comes from animal products and those that gorge on flesh tend to have inflated rates. The solution would be to cut back on or eliminate eating meat, right?
Not quite. Instead, drug manufacturer's create medications to combat the problem.
That way people can keep eating their not-so-well-planned omnivore diet and just lower it with the use of a statin. In 2004 alone, there was $15.5 billion in statin sales, and they continue to climb.
Then there are recent articles like this one, that states the "best" way to cut cardiovascular deaths is long-term statin use. Really? It's not having a well-planned diet and engaging in exercise?
As long as I see ominivores walking around stuffing their face with fast food combo meals, sucking down cholesterol-laden dishes, and lining up for medical intervention, I won't be convinced that it is us vegetarians and vegans that need the "well planned" diets.