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Cheshire90 t1_je38qlf wrote

>Although this type of study cannot show a healthy vegan diet actually caused the improvements in health outcomes, the authors recommend people concerned about chronic disease adopt a plant-based diet that's low in animal products, sugary drinks, snacks and desserts, refined grains, potatoes, and fruit juices.


Also a bit of a cheat to compare specifically healthy vegan diets to all other diets, rather than to specifically healthy diets that include animal products, right?


prowlick t1_je3dbg9 wrote

I get the feeling the research question might have been more like “do the data suggest vegan diets can be healthy compared to the standard american diet/common diets?” rather than “are vegan diets superior to other diets?” since a lot of people are still convinced it’s impossible for vegans to be healthy.

Edit: I went to the original study linked within the link and the stated purpose was “To examine whether healthful vs unhealthful plant-based dietary patterns are associated with mortality and major chronic diseases among UK adults.” So it’s just healthy vegan vs unhealthy vegan, not healthy vegan vs all other diets. Seems…a bit…redundant, but okay.


Cheshire90 t1_je3gheq wrote

Hmm thanks for the context. The healthy vs. unhealthy vegan diet and "can a vegan diet be healthy at all?" questions do actually seem like worthwhile ones to me.

It's just confusing that the post title and the authors' recommendation of vegan over non-vegan diets point to that comparison of vegan vs. non vegan, which is completely different. They (authors and OP) really shouldn't do that.


xenolingual t1_je6xoum wrote

Someone was really out to prove their chipgan and french-fry-tarian friends' claims of healthy diets wrong (I guess).