A new study has concluded that being ‘one’ with the latest fad, could be inevitably leading to your demise! The paper from the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics saw the Australian academics assess the impact of vegetarianism on young women.
After recruiting 308 female participants between the ages of 18-35, the test subjects submitted a physical activity query which also included basics such as height and weight; most importantly a highly detailed dietary assessment was also ascertained.
The Sydney and Macquarie University academics found that young women who restricted animal food groups from their diet had not just slightly lower intakes of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, selenium and Zinc, but rather significantly lower absorption rates. This was hypothesized to lead to longer term health damage, including a compromised immune system function and iron deficiency which could lead to anemia. Long term deficiency health problems would also be exacerbated under the stress of pregnancy, something which has to be considered within the age bracket of 18-35.
While some would argue that there supplementation of vital vitamins and minerals are sufficient, what has been found is that it is definitely not! The 23% of participants who stated actively avoid meats, most and nearly all, failed to supplement it appropriately. So this isn’t a case of a small minority bringing a bad reputation for the majority but rather quite the opposite! On the bright side, the study did find that the subjects on a whole where physically active and led healthy lifestyles.
Though, to avoid a potential future of nutrient deficient mothers I’d like to raise a proposition, if to be hipster is to be alternative.. and now to be alternative is to be mainstream.. Therefore to be hipster we must now become whatever is not the current hipster trend. I ask you to put your lamb shanks in the air and begin to chow-down on the sustenance of life. Next time you see a hipster friend chewing away on their organic field mushroom between rolling there next cigarette, launch a T-bone firmly into their face and say ‘eat this, you’ll thank me later’.
Phil U4849636 SCOM1001
Title of Publication – Avoidance of meat and poultry decreases intakes of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, selenium and zinc in young women.