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Are specialist dietary regimes necessarily healthy options when compared to what might be regarded as a ‘normal’ omnivorous diet?
Taking just one example, a Vegan diet is known to be significantly lacking in vitamin B12, necessitating, straight away, at least one supplement to complete the nutritional status of people living on this diet. What is the justification for these types of diet when clearly some of them do not provide the human body with all the essential nutrients for a healthy existence?
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Hiheels answers:

In my opinion, no.
We're omnivores and get a balanced spread of what we need by being so, it's what nature intended.

It is, of course, people's own choice and standpoint regarding what they choose to eat, but I'm a great believer in everything in moderation can't be bad...not to mention a little of what you fancy does you good.
I don't practice what I preach and eat too much chocolate, but that's another story.

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CGA answers:

Leaving ethical considerations aside, we are part of nature that in 'red in tooth and claw'. We have evolved to eat a varied diet and, all other considerations aside, that is what is best for us.
Vegetarians in general, and Vegans in particular, don't choose that diet because of the health factors but because of the ethical considerations of how we treat animals. Having said that, I have a son who is vegetarian and he does dietary health very seriously and I think the diet he feeds his children is probably better than some non-vegetarians who don't take a balanced diet seriously.

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