Trendy vegan diets could lower IQ due to lack of a nutrient that is critical to brain health, leading nutritionist warns - Vegancels BTFO

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Vivere Militare Est.
Jan 22, 2018
- Dr Emma Derbyshire, who runs a health consultancy in London, made the claim
- She said the trend for 'plant-based' diets risks creating deficiencies in choline
- The nutrient, found in meat, fish and eggs, is particularly important in pregnancy


Trendy vegan diets could be putting the IQ of the next generation at risk, a leading nutritionist has warned.

Dr Emma Derbyshire said the growing fad for 'plant-based' diets risks creating mass deficiency in choline – a dietary nutrient that is critical to brain development.

Choline, found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, is particularly important in pregnancy, when it contributes to the healthy growth of a baby's brain.

Dr Derbyshire, writing in the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health journal, warned of the 'unintended consequences' of moving away from diets based on meat and dairy.


Dr Emma Derbyshire said the growing fad for 'plant-based' diets risks creating mass deficiency in choline – a dietary nutrient that is critical to brain development

'The mounting evidence of choline's importance makes it essential that it does not continue to be overlooked in the UK,' she said.

'This is now more important than ever given that accelerated food trends towards plant-based diets/veganism could have further ramifications on choline intake.'

She added: 'We are at risk of dumbing down the brain power of the next generation. Plant-based diets are great and brilliant for the environment.

'But in terms of reducing intake of choline - which is vital for foetal brain development - no-one had given it much thought.

The train is moving so fast, and more people are ditching meat and eggs. But it could leave many women of childbearing age deficient in this key nutrient.'

Choline is also produced by the liver - but the quantities are not enough to meet the requirements of the human body and therefore it must be obtained from dietary and supplement sources, said Dr Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist who runs the Nutritional Insight Limited health consultancy in London.

'Given the important physiological roles of choline and authorisation of certain health claims, it is questionable why choline has been overlooked for so long in the UK,' she wrote.

'Choline is presently excluded from UK food composition databases, major dietary surveys, and dietary guidelines.

'If choline is not obtained in the levels needed from dietary sources per se then supplementation strategies will be required, especially in relation to key stages of the life cycle, such as pregnancy, when choline intakes are critical to infant development.'

Market research suggests we are eating less meat than ever before.

Consumer research firm Kantar Worldpanel reported earlier this year that 21 per cent of UK households have reduced their meat intake in the past two years.

Ten per cent of households include a flexitarian - or 'part-time' vegetarian – five per cent a full vegetarian and one per cent a vegan.

More than nine in ten plant-based meals were eaten by non-vegans in the UK in 2018.


Around 3.5million people living in the UK are vegan – the equivalent of around seven per cent of the population, according to estimates.

And, as the diet has surged in popularity, more mothers are choosing to make their baby a vegan.

The NHS says babies and young children on a vegetarian or vegan diet can get the energy and most of the nutrients they need to grow and develop.

However, the plant-based diet is known to be low in key nutrients for babies, such as vitamin B12 - found milk and eggs, iron, calcium and zinc.

A vitamin B12 deficiency is a rare and treatable cause of failure to thrive and delayed development in infants, researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics.

It can also lead to malnutrition and ‘irreversible damage’ to their nervous systems, experts at University College London once concluded.

An iron deficiency can hinder a child from gaining weight, affect their appetite and energy and can lead to anaemia, which can be life-threatening in severe cases.

Consuming too little protein can lead to stunted growth, nutritionists have warned over the years. But beans, lentils and chickpeas are high in the nutrient.

And eating too much fibre can cause children to feel full quicker and stop them from getting enough food, paediatric dietitian Lucy Upton told the Mail in March.

Two senior lecturers in nutrition at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Shirley Hinde and Ruth Fairchild, said the diet was ‘less than ideal’ for babies.

However, writing in The Conversation they added it is ‘not out of the question’ that the diet could be healthy for a baby.

And they claimed there is ‘no reason’ why a baby couldn’t survive on a vegan diet that was varied in many nutrients, if their parents were sensible.
Yet another inconvenient truth, silly vegans. At this rate, the world will turn into real-life Gattaca and generations of vegans will become too stupid to even land more demanding jobs, making us meat eaters the elite - especially if we combine this with CRISPR and the prospect of "designer babies".



Vivere Militare Est.
Jan 22, 2018
I am serious about vegans voluntarily regressing and becoming subhuman. They already have a lot of physical and psychological problems due to their diets, it's only logical that they'll become slightly smarter than a toddler in a few couple decades.

While we the sane and well-adjusted of the world (a.k.a. meat eaters) will become the actual master race.


Arctic Fox

You won't get past my wall.
Jun 7, 2019
I am serious about vegans voluntarily regressing and becoming subhuman. They already have a lot of physical and psychological problems due to their diets, it's only logical that they'll become slightly smarter than a toddler in a few couple decades.

While we the sane and well-adjusted of the world (a.k.a. meat eaters) will become the actual master race.

This shit needs to be in the site quotes list.

Cryonic Haunted Bullets

Jul 14, 2019

Animal and plant foodsFood amount (imperial)Food amount (metric)Choline (mg)Choline (mg) in 100g foodCalories% of diet to meet AI[a 1]
Raw beef liver5 ounces142g473333192 [nb 1]9
Large egg150g14729478 [nb 3]12
Wheat germ1 cup113g202179432 [nb 7]47
Soybeans, mature, raw1 cup186g21611686 [nb 8]51
Cod fish0.5 pound227g19084238 [nb 5]28
Uncooked quinoa1 cup170g11970626 [nb 13]116
Chicken0.5 pound227g15066543 [nb 11]80
Sunflower seeds (kernels), raw1 cup140 g7755584[14]
Peanuts1 cup146g7753828 [nb 14]237
Almonds1 cup143g7452822 [nb 15]244
Broccoli1 pound454g18240158 [nb 4]19
Cauliflower1 pound454g17739104 [nb 2]13
Cooked kidney beans2 cups354g10831450 [nb 12]92
Firm tofu2 cups504g14228353 [nb 10]55
Spinach1 pound454g11325154 [nb 6]30
Milk, 1% fat1 quart946mL (976g)17318

The Daily Mail is full of shit, as usual. I'm not a vegan but from this chart it looks like there are plenty of ways to get choline from plant products. You obviously have to be smart about what you eat with a non-meat diet because it's not natural for humans, but it can still be done safely.

BW 182

It's almost as if meat or at least protein was needed to actually have a good diet because it contained fucking vitamens that could help with development. But of course, what would we carnivores understand?

You can get good amounts of protein from items like lentils. You don't even need to eat meat to be in a good space healthwise, but most vegans/vegetarians have an inability to sufficiently replace meat in a diet. Also, their community seems to have a bit of broscience

Also, I wouldn't trust anything a "nutritionist" says. Everyone with credentials are known as registered dietitians, unless whoever wrote this fucked up. There's a large difference between the two


Mah mate gave me his funny juice.
Aug 18, 2018
I was wondering why the vegan I know had to be explained that the world isn't flat and vaccines are crucial. No, I'm serious, he unironically said those things.

You have to have the brain of a child to think that veganism is a good idea so these college students are already brain-dead.

PL 001

Well I already knew that. I've known a few who compared eating meat to the Holocaust, and one who said if you eat meat, you're no better than a child molester. No, they weren't being hyperbolic.

So, six gorillion Jews dying and children being diddled by uncle Bad Touch are the same end result if you eat a cheeseburger.

ZG 241

It was Natalie Portman who said that eating meat is the same as Nazis raping someone on the table. Never knew my meals were so dramatic and exciting from the perspective of a Hollywood star. Then of course when she got pregnant she went back to eating eggs, otherwise her kids would have come out as potatoes. I guess it's alright to get your choline if you only sexually holocaust potentially unborn chickens.


Viva Latina
May 3, 2019
Shitty diet trend being sold as a miracle cure for all kinds of ills by tv/internet doctors is actually really bad for you?

You don't say.


To live a lie, or die in a dream?
Sep 8, 2018
To all the people saying "you can still eat a healthy vegan diet if you plan it ahead of time!":
We don't know all the nutrients people need to be healthy. Thus the only way to ensure we get enough of everything, statistically speaking, is by eating as large a variety of food as possible. Cutting out entire classes of foods almost certainly will cause you to be deficient in something, and if we haven't discovered what that nutrient is, there's no possible way for you to plan and account for it.

Go ahead and eat whatever you want, but don't pretend like an arbitrarily restrictive diet is in any way as or healthier than the traditional diet humans evolved with.