Every time you set foot in the supermarket, you’re taking part in an experiment of sorts. There’s an entire science behind what those in the industry have named “product placement,” but I prefer to call manipulation.
There’s no item on a shelf or in a bin that wasn’t deliberately placed there by a team of marketers to get you to buy it. They call them “planograms,” and they’re designed to separate you from as much of your cash as possible.
And the scheming by these boardroom manipulators is getting trickier by the day. Even downright deceptive. They’re slipping fake vegan food into the meat section.
It’s disguised to look like some of our favorite meats, such as burgers and sausages. They claim it’s to make it easier for people who want this stuff to find it. But give me a break, we know the truth,
They’re hoping unsuspecting consumers buy it by accident, not realizing they’ve got bogus burgers and fauxsages in their shopping cart. It’s part of an ongoing high-pressure campaign to get people to move away from meat and onto vegetarian or vegan diets.
Or, as those same marketing geniuses have rebranded it, a “plant-based diet.”
But new research reveals an ugly risk for seniors who make the switch, especially when they go strictly vegan. Because it turns out this same diet… promoted as “healthy” by the mainstream… could leave you battling a deficiency in some key nutrients.
And that could leave you suffering from agonizing pain and crippling injuries.
The TRUE risk of going vegan
The other night, I caught actor Robert Downey Jr. on one of the talk shows. But he wasn’t promoting a new “Iron Man” movie. He was promoting CRICKET POWDER as an “alternative” protein.
If I can say anything truly positive about the vegan diet, it’s this: They don’t eat bug powder. But they DO rely heavily on other “alternative proteins,” which in many cases aren’t as good as what you can get from genuine meat and dairy.
And that’s why new research finds that seniors who try a strict vegan diet are literally putting their bodies on the line. The study out of Germany finds that vegans have a higher risk of weaker bone.
That, naturally, in turn, sends their risk for nasty fractures soaring. Which can lead to pain, disability, loss of independence, and even death.
This was just a small study with a touch over 100 people involved. But other studies have made the same link.
For example, one major report found that vegans suffer from 2.3 times the number of hip fractures and a higher risk of other bone breaks, too.
And bones aren’t the only thing you might need to worry about, other research has tied these strictly plant-based diets to a 20 percent rise in stroke risk. Click here for the details on that disturbing study.
Avoiding ALL meat and dairy leaves you low in nutrients
The new study names the reason for those rising risks, too. And it’s pretty much what I’d expect. The vegan diet is low in the calcium needed for healthy bones, as well as other essential nutrients, including:
- vitamin A
- vitamin B12
- omega-3 fatty acids
I’d add one more that this report doesn’t touch on: protein.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE beans, for example. And I’ve even been known to enjoy a vegetarian meal from time to time. But the fact is plant proteins are NOT the complete proteins you get from meat and dairy.
And while protein isn’t directly related to bone strength, it IS needed for muscle. And strong muscles are critical for preventing the kinds of falls and injuries that often lead to broken bones in seniors.
I won’t tell you to never try a vegetarian or vegan meal. There are some truly tasty options out there. And they can be a fun change of pace.
But don’t let anyone pressure or bully you into making a permanent switch, either. Because as the new study makes clear, going vegan isn’t the healthy lifestyle it’s been made out to be.
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