Veganism and Vegetarianism and Juicing, Oh My!

Pre-caution: Just as most written nutrition information is, everything said here is just a generalization. Different diets or eating lifestyles will work differently for various individuals. What any nutrition writing aims to do is to inform the readers of what is usually true, so if you are juicing, eating as a vegetarian or eating as a vegan, and you feel healthy (and have had your check-ups), then feel free to ignore everything about to be said!

A couple of disclaimers: (1) Dr Oz does not necessarily support veganism or vegetarianism, but he does support raspberry ketones and other supplements that are also championed by some vegans or vegetarians for the purpose of fulfilling nutrients that human bodies need (some of which can only truly be attained through meat).

(2) Coke is very bad for your health (crazy bad really). However, during the video, I was enjoying a day with my friend and had an “indulgence day”! I prefer the term “indulgence” over “cheat” for my health is not like a spouse in that I can cheat on it or leave it, but I can enjoy the occasional day to indulge myself, once every couple months or so.



It is of the utmost importance to have a balanced diet. A good diet is balanced between meats and veggies (with some fruit and nuts and etc. with small amounts of sugar / net carbs). A balance is not achieved in some diets that claim to be healthy, such as the vegan diet or the vegetarian diet. It is a real risk for vegans and vegetarians to miss out on key micronutrients. They are often iron deficient and zinc deficient which can lead to consequent anemia[1]. It is, however, possible to be healthy whilst on a vegan or vegetarian diet with good head knowledge of how to get all of the nutrients one is missing, and by taking the proper supplements[2].

Just because it is possible, does not mean it is wise, as we will see. One should not choose this lifestyle simply for health reasons. One of the main reasons people think vegan or vegetarian diets are healthy is because these diets are low in fat. People do not understand that eating fat does not make you fat. Eating a variety of fats helps one lose weight, helps keep cholesterol low, and keeps your mind active [3] [4].

Eating a variety of fats helps one lose weight, helps keep cholesterol low, and keeps your mind active!



Fruits have sugar! And as Carlson says, “sugar is sugar is sugar[5].”  Your body takes sugar and ultimately uses it to store fat. If you are not eating whole foods, then any pesticide or toxin in your foods are then stored in the fat, for most of them are fat soluble[6].

For a similar reason, juicing is also not very healthful, in most circumstances. Juicing can be dangerous to your liver (much like anything high in sugar or alcohol)[7]. The juices and smoothies that make up this lifestyle also are usually high in sugar, even if there is no added sugar. This means added fat cells or at the very least, it means a nice place for those pesticides and toxins to hide. This is one reason why people often feel better juicing or taking “detoxes”, because the toxins have a place to hide, BUT THEY ARE STILL THERE!

…. because the toxins have a place to hide, BUT THEY ARE STILL THERE!

By the way, the reason people who are juicing will sometimes still lose weight can usually be found in their toilets. Stool samples are one the main ways doctors test one’s health; if your stool is loose consistently or if your stool has been abnormal whilst juicing, that is because it is doing some sort of damage to your overall health.

Juicing, something athletes do, or the health fad taking America and its toilets by storm?



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Are “whole foods” a reference to the Krispy Kreme in your hand!?


Another common reason people believe vegetarian, vegan, and juicing diets or lifestyles are healthy is because they are full of vitamins. Most proponents of juicing will even attempt to claim that juicing allows you to have more vitamins or nutrients than one could normally eat in fruits and vegetables – they often say things like “you can overload your body with nutrients / vitamins”. The reason this is false is because most vitamins are water soluble and thus you can only absorb a certain amount before you urinate them out (this is also why vitamin supplements are mostly a waste of money)[8]. Another concept most people do not understand is that we can overdose on some nutrients and vitamins[9] [10]. Too much vitamin C (usually only achievable by too many supplements) can even cause genetic dangers[11].

FUN(NY) FACT: Eating too many carrots can turn someone’s skin orange! Thus rendering them to look hilarious!


A final reason to discuss concerning why people believe vegan, vegetarian, and juicing lifestyles can be healthy is because some doctors still claim these things are necessarily healthy. Medical doctors do not often stay privy to nutritional studies. In fact, most doctors today were taught in medical schools (paid by medical companies) whom did not yet understand the dangers of carbohydrates at the time they were educated. Also, medical doctors get very little education in school on nutrition, they instead study medicine. There is nothing wrong with this but Americans need to learn that it’s important to have a medical doctor and see a registered dietician, as well [12].

Americans need to learn that it’s important to have a medical doctor and see a registered dietician, as well.



One important example of someone who champions a form of vegan lifestyle in scholarly publication is Dr Campbell. He claims the healthiest way to eat is through a Whole Food Plant Based diet, simply called his WFPB. He actually did a huge study, in China, on nutrition, called “The China Study”. The problem is that he redefines how research is done and what the scientific method means[13]. He has to change the nature of science to fit his ideas. Another issue that I and others take with his approach is his tendency to look at the whole picture and use that as an excuse to make huge jumps in his conclusions[14]. He also claims that he likes to study outliers, which means that he is studying what he knows is not the norm but then applies it to everyone, and unfortunately one cannot call that real science. This, sadly, seems to be the normal standard and study of the people championing these types of diets[15].



Vegans, people who love animals, or people who hate plants?

It is still important to realize though that a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle can be healthy if done properly with the correct amounts and types of fats being included in the diet. I have been on a ketogenic diet on and off (trying to at least stay low carb) for a couple years now and one huge misconception people have with these diets are that they are all about meat, when most low carbs experts still stress the importance of vegetables in one’s diet (more on that in the next health segment). Jimmy Moore even includes vegan options in his Ketogenic Cookbook!

John Craig PhD, RD explains how to be healthy and vegan or vegetarian, “Vegetarians exhibit a wide diversity of dietary practices, often described by what is omitted from their diet. When a vegetarian diet is appropriately planned and includes fortified foods, it can be nutritionally adequate for adults and children and can promote health and lower the risk of major chronic diseases. The nutrients of concern in the diet of vegetarians include vitamin B12, vitamin D, ω-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, and zinc. Although a vegetarian diet can meet current recommendations for all of these nutrients, the use of supplements and fortified foods provides a useful shield against deficiency. A vegetarian diet usually provides a low intake of saturated fat and cholesterol and a high intake of dietary fiber and many health-promoting phytochemicals. This is achieved by an increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, legumes, nuts, and various soy products. As a result of these factors, vegetarians typically have lower body mass index, serum total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, and blood pressure; reduced rates of death from ischemic heart disease; and decreased incidence of hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers than do nonvegetarians[16].”

The correlation of the lack of heart problems is particularly interesting. The reason I believe this is a correlation is because most people practicing vegetarianism or veganism are also avoiding unhealthy carb intake from sugary sodas and starchy fruits and vegetables. A smart vegan or vegetarian diet still avoids too many carbs which is what our bodies use to create new fat cells and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the blood[17] [18].  Also note, that as Craig says above, people practicing veganism or vegetarianism should be taking nutrient supplements for what they are missing in their diets by not eating meats. This is why it is very possible for the smart person to practice these diets and remain healthy, though it is not wise. You must count your macronutrients to be sure you still get proper amounts of Carbs, Proteins, and Fats in your diet. If you are choosing vegetarianism or veganism for moral or spiritual reasons then do it wisely, but please do not think it wise to choose these lifestyles merely for health reasons.

If you are choosing vegetarianism or veganism for moral or spiritual reasons then do it wisely….



THE POINT IS: Though it is possible to eat and be healthy with vegetarian, vegan, or juicing lifestyles; it is not wise to do so, for these diets are dangerous. People need a balanced intake for good nutrition (See The Emoji Diet Guideline page in the menu to get started with your new diet!).



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[1] Walter, P. “Effects of Vegetarian Diets on Aging and Longevity.” Nutrition reviews 55.1 Pt 2 (1997): S61-5.

[2] Ellis, F. R. “The Nutritional Status of Vegans and Vegetarians.” Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 26.2 (1967): 205-12.

[3] Carlson, James E. Genocide! How Your Doctor’s Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You!!!! Charleston, S.C.: urge, 2007. Print.

[4] Mancinelli, Kristen. “Chapter 3: Fat in All Its Forms.” The Ketogenic Diet: The Scientifically Proven Approach to Fast, Healthy Weight Loss. Print.

[5] Carlson, James E. “Chapter 7: Sugar Is Sugar Is Sugar.” Genocide! How Your Doctor’s Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You!!!! Charleston, S.C.: urge, 2007. Print.

[6] Whitney, Eleanor Noss, and Corinne Balog Cataldo. Understanding Normal and Clinical Nutrition. St. Paul: West Pub., 1983. Print.

[7] Juicing’s Dangers. 22 Vol. Rodale, Inc, 2007.

[8] Whitney, Eleanor Noss, and Corinne Balog Cataldo. Understanding Normal and Clinical Nutrition. St. Paul: West Pub., 1983. Print.

[9] IBID

[10] Thompson, June. “Dangers of Vitamin D Overdose.” Community Practitioner 78.12 (2005): 445.

[11] “Study Points to Vitamin C Dose Danger.” The Herald: 8. Jun 15 2001. ProQuest. Web. 7 Sep. 2015 .

[12] Carlson, James E. “Chapter 7: Sugar Is Sugar Is Sugar.” Genocide! How Your Doctor’s Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You!!!! Charleston, S.C.: urge, 2007. Print.

[13] Campbell, T. Colin, and Howard Jacobson. Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. 82 – 87. Print.

[14] “What Dr. Campbell Won’t Tell You About the China Study.” What Dr. Campbell Won’t Tell You About the China Study. Web. 8 Sept. 2015.

[15] IBID

[16] “Nutrition Concerns and Health Effects of Vegetarian Diets.” Nutrition Concerns and Health Effects of Vegetarian Diets. Web. 9 Sept. 2015.

[17] Carlson, James E. “Chapter 2: Cholesterol.” Genocide! How Your Doctor’s Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You!!!! Charleston, S.C.: urge, 2007. Print.

[18] Mancinelli, Kristen. The Ketogenic Diet: The Scientifically Proven Approach to Fast, Healthy Weight Loss. 44 – 45. Print.

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