Vegan or Omnivore?


PART 1 of 7 (June 2020)


Over the next week, I will be posting a group of articles that will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of vegan and omnivore diets. Looking at the possibles effects on health due to the bioavailability of macro nutrients and micro nutrients in both diets. I will aim to take a balanced view and use a variety of source so I can make the best possible argument for both sides. Me personal I’m an omnivore and have tried many types of diets in past for health, weight loss and also mental wellbeing.

The definition of a vegan diet is a lifestyle that excludes the ill treatment of animals, the exclusion of meat, dairy, eggs and honey this includes the consumption and use (1). Where as an omnivore diet has no limit on what they can eat. In these group of articles will look at the advantages and disadvantages of both diets.

The optimum nutrition frame work. Patrick Holford (2) writes that optimum nutrition is the best possible intake of nutrients to promote physical, mental performance and emotional balance. Also reducing the risk of ill-health and promote the long healthy lifespan. I have selected a few examples of eating guides that I will take this into account when looking at the benefits and disadvantages of a vegan or Omnivore diet.  As nutritional intakes recommendations vary country to country.

NHS: The-Eatwell-Guide-2016

The European Food Information council: Food Guide

Harvard: healthy eating plate

USDA: My plate

ANH: Plate 

MHLW: Japanese Food Guide Spinning Top

Nutrition Australia: Healthy eating Pyramid

BANT Food Plate

The Vegan society Food Plate

The Vegetarian Society Food Plate

Food Climate Research Unit: Plates, Pyramid & Planet

Further References

1: Definition of veganism (2020) Accessed:  June 2020.

2: Holford, P. (2004) The optimum nutrition bible. London: Piatkus Books.

This should not be a substitute for medical advice as I have no medical qualification. I aim to reference my work with a 100% accuracy if you do find anything unreferenced please contact me. If you disagree or like to add anything to my to my writing please comment below with a referenced reason. I’m dyslexic I do use a Grammarly and I get my work checked if possible but do feel free to comment below if something should really be fixed.

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