We all know that a vegan diet could potentially extend or even save your life, but did you know you could help someone else’s?
Last week PETA launched a campaign asking vegans to donate their poop. They explained that faecal microbiota transplants are becoming more popular as a treatment for patients suffering from debilitating stomach ailments.
A spokesperson said: “Since faecal transplants from healthy vegan donors are considered the gold standard, PETA posted a call on its website this morning urging vegans to sign up to become ‘super faecal donors’ through stool banks OpenBiome and Advancing Bio.”
The animal rights charity hopes that by helping people with serious illnesses, more people will see the advantages of going vegan themselves.
PETA claims: “A relatively new medical treatment called a fecal microbiota transplant [FMT] – which involves taking the stool of a healthy person filled with ‘good bacteria’ and transplanting it into the colon of an unhealthy person with ‘bad bacteria – is becoming a more popular treatment for patients suffering from inflammatory colon diseases like C. difficile (C. diff) and Crohn’s disease.”
And PETA says you can actually make money from donating your stools: “According to OpenBiome, a non-profit stool bank, some 30,000 people die from C. diff-related causes every year.
“The company is now seeking healthy donors to enable it to offer potentially life-saving treatment for people with C. diff infections.
“Donors are paid $40 per stool donation. Yup, you don’t even have to give it away!”
PETA says: “Good bacteria thrive on fibre, but most Americans don’t meet even the minimum recommendations for fibre intake.
“However, fruits and vegetables are rich in fibre, and therefore are the best sources of nutrients for healthy gut flora.
“Specific high-fibre foods that are good for your gut bacteria include artichokes, beans, broccoli, chickpeas, green peas, lentils, raspberries, and whole grains.”