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Someone told me that raising someone vegan is unfair to them because it robs them of the ability to make the choice of what to eat because if they've never had it, by the time they're old enough to choose to their bodies won't tolerate it. How do you respond to something like that?

What really bothers me about this argument is that it assumes that only raising your child vegan is a choice, as if raising them to eat animals isn’t also making a choice on their behalf. All parents try to impart their values onto their children, that’s part of what parenting is. How many kids are raised on processed meats and then when they’re older don’t even have the choice to be healthy because their diet has permanently damaged them? Those numbers must be in the millions, but this argument is never used against people who raise their kids to eat known carcinogens. We have parents contributing to a global health crisis by raising their kids to be addicted to sugary and fatty animal products to the point where they don’t want to eat anything else, and dooming them to unhealthy lifestyles; but vegan parents teaching their kids to enjoy fruits, grains and vegetables are the issue?

Besides, the idea that vegan bodies won’t tolerate meat is a myth; plenty of people start eating meat later in life as unfortunate as that choice is, and besides some early sickness most people can adapt to it over time, it’s not the case that you can just never eat meat again. People who go vegan later in life often experience some sickness too because it comes with any radical dietary shift. This is nothing more than another excuse for people to criticize vegans for their lifestyle, and the idea that it comes from a place of concern about the health of our children is utterly ludicrous considering the fact these same people don’t say a word about parents feeding their kids a diet of chicken nuggets and hot dogs. 


We talk a lot on The Salt about the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in nuts, olive oil, fish, fruits and vegetables. Scientists believe it’s one of the world’s healthiest patterns of eating, and can protect against a lot of chronic diseases.

In the Arctic, the typical meal looks very different. There, a traditional plate would have some fatty marine animal like seal or whale and not much else – fruits and vegetables are hard to come by in the harsh climate.

And yet despite the fact that the high-fat Arctic diet may sound like a heart attack waiting to happen, these people tend to have low rates of heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers thought maybe it was the omega-3 fatty acids in the meat and blubber that might be protective. But a new study on Inuit in Greenland suggests that Arctic peoples evolved certain genetic adaptations that allow them to consume much higher amounts of fat than most other people around the world, according a team of researchers reporting Thursday in the journal Science.

The Secret To The Inuit High-Fat Diet May Be Good Genes

Credits: Malik Mifeldt/Science and Uriel Sinai/Getty Images,