Response To The Fear-Mongering Independent

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The medias opinion on Veganism seems to change daily. And when it’s negative, it’s also painfully idiotic. The Independent is now spreading lies that vegetarians are ‘less healthy and have a lower quality of life than meat-eaters’. Prepare yourselves for quite possibly the worst anti-vegan argument I’ve read.

Read it here, if you dare. 

If you can’t bring yourself to read this awful article (understandable), here’s a brief summary, and what’s wrong with each point:


  • “Vegetarians are less healthy than meat-eaters, a controversial study has concluded, despite drinking less, smoking less and being more physically active than their carnivorous counterparts.”

So according to this ‘study’, drinking less, smoking less, being physically active and not eating meat all contribute to poor health. Even a 4-year-old will know that this is utter BS, and sets up for the rest of the article that follows.

  • “Our study has shown that Austrian adults who consume a vegetarian diet are less healthy (in terms of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), have a lower quality of life, and also require more medical treatment.”

They claim that those who eat a vegetarian diet are more likely to develop cancer, allergies and mental disorders than those who eat meat.

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For a start; cancer. The World Health Organisation has found classified processed meats – including ham, salami, sausages and hot dogs, are a class 1 carcinogen, meaning that there is strong evidence that processed meats cause cancer. Where is this shown in the article?

Not to forget that red meat is found to be a ‘probable’ cause of cancer, with the American Cancer Society recommending a diet limited in processed and red meat, as well as high in vegetable, fruits and whole grains.

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Yet, this Austrian study which only used 1300 subjects and all from one culture and country, seems to forget all of this, drawing wild and possibly dangerous conclusions.

  • “We did find that vegetarians suffer more from certain conditions like asthma, cancer and mental illnesses than people who eat meat as well, but we cannot say what is the cause and what is the effect.”

Yes, you read this correctly. “We cannot day what is the cause and what is the effect”. 

What? What??? So The Independent publishes these wild conclusions and spreads it all over the internet, without actually being certain that one causes the other!

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By encouraging people to eat in this dangerous manner and telling them that they’ll be healthier for it, this study is putting cancer into their futures. Dangerous, idiotic and utterly stupid.

  • “It found that vegetarians consumed less alcohol and had lower body mass indexes, but were still in a poorer state of physical and mental health overall.”

Since when is having a lower BMI a sign of ill-health? Did they take into account their families past physical and mental health? Where they work, the hours they work, family issues that might affect this?

Important to remember


It’s important to remember that this study looks only at vegetarians, not vegans. Vegetarians in this study were found to have high rates of osteoporosis, and this is the only part of this study that I slightly believe. Vegetarians still consume milk, a proven cause of bone diseases such as osteoporosis. 

Has The Independent sunk to a new low?

Not only is this article downright offensive to the vegan movement and the research that supports it, it’s also dangerous. Promoting unhealthy animal products on the premise that its ‘healthier’, is one of the worst things you can do.

It ignores all previous research, and puts out claims that know will get attention. With no regard for the people who will read it, this is awful journalism at its worst.

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Not to forget self promoting other animal products in the same article, I wonder how much money The Independent made off of this?

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