- The study was carried out by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization
- It looked at 500 papers to analyse the benefits and risks of animal source foods
“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” Genesis 9:3-4 KJV
Vegan diets are ‘less healthy’ than including meat, eggs and milk in your meals, a major review has found.
A report by the United Nations‘ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which looked at more than 500 studies, concluded that animal sources of food offer ‘crucial sources of much-needed nutrients’.
These include protein, fats and carbs, as well as iron, calcium and zinc, which are vital for health and development, it said.
“Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” Genesis 9:3-4
However, these macro and micro nutrients are hard to find ‘in the required quality and quantity’ if following a vegan diet, according to the FAO.
It noted that meat, eggs and milk are ‘particularly vital’ among children, young people and older people, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women.
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