1. Animal products often give people food poisoning. Meat, seafood, eggs and milk provide the ideal breeding grounds for bacteria such as Campylobacter jejuni (associated with poultry products), Escherichia coli 0157:H7 (ground beef), and Listeria monocytogenes (dairy products). Other less common pathogens included Bacillus cereus, Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens (found in beef), Shigella, and Staphylococcus aureus (found in pork).
  2. Diets which contain a large amount of meat and little fibre encourage colon cancer. Meats contain fat which requires the body to produce bile to digest. Meats are a medium for the growth of bacteria which can convert bile into carcinogenic substances. Diets high in fruits and vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables, discourage the development of colon cancer
  3. The accumulation of toxins from the recycling of animals into animal feed
  4. Vegetarians have 40% less chance of developing bowel cancer
  5. Animal Products are prone to bacterial and viral infection and parasitic infestation, leading to human illness
  6. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables provides a complete and healthy diet for humans
  7. Phytochemicals
  8. Antioxidants
  9. Vitamins and Minerals
  10. Fibre
  11. Bio-Accumulation of environmental toxins and poisons occurs in animals (at the top of the food chain)
  12. Vegetarians have lower risk of constipation
  13. Vegetarians have lower risk of Peptic Ulcers
  14. Vegetarians have lower risk of Diverticulitis
  15. Vegan diets high in complex carbohydrates and low in simple sugars (fruit sugars are OK) can help prevent the development of hypoglycaemia and treat the problem once it has occurred. Diets high in fat exacerbate the problem and diets high in protein tend to be associated with high fat.


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Examples and AnecdotesEdit

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Ref One. Henrietta Fleck, Introduction to Nutrition, 4th ed. (New York: Macmillan, 1981), 385.

Ref Two. Ibid.


Ref Three. Steve Carper, Milk is Not for Every Body (New York: Facts on File, 1995), 11.

Ref Four. R.K. Montgomery et al., "Lactose Intolerence and the Genetic Regulation of Intestinal-phlorizin Hydrolase," FASEB J 5(1991): 2824-2832: F.J. Simoons, "The geographic hypothesis of lactose malabsorbtion," Did Dis Sci, 23 (1989): 963-980.


Ref Five. Carper, Milk is Not for Every Body, 1.

Ref Six. Gordon M. Wardlaw and Paul M. insel. Perspectives in Nutrition. (St Louis: Mosby, 1996), 535.

Ref Seven. N. Mead, "Don't Drink Your Milk," Natural Health (July/Aug. 1994): 72.


Ref Eight. (June 1995) Journal of American Dietetic Association, Volume 95, Number 6.

Ref Nine. H.C. Gerstein, "Cow's Milk Exposure to Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus," Diabetes Care (1993) 17: 13-19.


Ref Ten. (June 1995) Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Volume 95, Number 6.

Ref Eleven. Osteoporosis Consensus Panel, "Osteoporosis," Journal of the American Medical Association 252 (1984): 799-802.

Re Twelve. Eivind Gudmand-Hoyer, "The Clinical Significance of Disaccharide Maldigestion," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (March 1994) Volume 59, Number 3, 735S.


Ref Thirteen. Kimberley Knight, "Dairy Tales," Essence (May 1993) Volume 24, Number 1: 30.