‘Beyond Broccoli’: Dangers of Vegan & Vegetarian Diets

By Dana Shultz for DietsInReview.com

Have you ever equated vegan with dangerous? Neither had we.

But if you’ve been following a vegan or vegetarian diet, or may consider doing so in the future, Susan Schenck – author of the new book Beyond Broccoli: Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work – wants you to consider something first: perhaps it isn’t the best thing you can do for your body.

Much to her readers’ surprise, Schenck, who had previously been a vegan and vegetarian for years, uses her new bookas a platform to argue why these diets don’t work, namely for their adverse long term effects on the body, including severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Schenck – who also wrote the popular raw diet book The Live Food Factor – speaks not only from a place of authority as a licensed acupuncturist and master of Traditional Oriental Medicine, but also from a place of experience. She was a raw vegan herself for six years, as well as a raw vegetarian for a year. And although she formerly believed these were the healthiest diets a person could follow, she later discovered this wasn’t true after she began suffering from such symptoms as vitamin B12 deficiencies, memory loss, bloating, and fatigue.

Once she began experiencing these and other adverse effects, Schenck started consulting other professionals in her field who’d also formerly been vegan and vegetarian but had since began following other diets. Their feedback, along with her own extensive research, makes up Schenk’s 28-chapter book about the benefits of straying from a strictly plant-based diet, and how incorporating small amounts of meat – namely fish – can be incredibly healthy.

Schenck argues that5-10 percent of a person’s caloricintake should come from animal foods – either raw or lightly cooked – to avoid deficiencies. But that the animal protein should be “clean” and come from organically-fed, free-range sources.

Schenck gives a loose guideline in the book for what a healthy diet should consist of, including eating plenty of all natural, unrefined, organic foods, and limited amounts of dairy and grain.She also suggests eating plenty of plant foods, non-sweet fruits, hemp seed oil or olive oil in moderation, and as many greens as you like.

All in all, Schenck’s adviceseems well founded, and her diet would be a healthy one for just about anyone to follow. Although before committing to any new diet plan, we recommend individuals first consult their doctors to see if it’s a good fit for them.

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Marija M
Marija M9 days ago


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Danuta W
Danuta W10 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

Chrissie R
Chrissie R11 days ago

A good article to read and consider.

Hari Krsna
Carson Choon4 years ago

(Continued from before)
Those who want to eat animals to get B-12 would eat humans if it wasn't against their law. Anyway, B-12 is available in milk products, especially Swiss cheese. Also, there's no shortage of good B-12 supplements. Flax seeds are the best sources of omega 3's, much better than fish. Let the sincere, undeluded, good people of the world do the research and they'll see that they can get all their nutritional needs through the humane lacto-vegetarian lifestyle, which does not involve killing, and which will make you healthier.

Hari Krsna
Carson Choon4 years ago

This article is just a tiny part of a global plot by the Illuminati to mislead seekers of the vegetarian lifestyle, telling them it's dangerous, when in reality, the opposite is true, and the meat-eating DIEt is dangerous. The lacto-vegetarian lifestyle is time tested, proven, and authorized by eternal Vedic scripture. I've been a sincere lacto-vegetarian for over 40 years. During that time, I've seen the insincere fadders and experimenters come and go. The meat-eaters, aka animal killers, are basically atheistic people. They have a short history of human life and think they come from apes. Their scriptures are man-made, and they know it. That's why they abandon it for covered atheism. However, the majority of people who last as lacto-vegetarians, such as the billions of healthy, long-lived Hindus throughout history, have a strong belief in God and in God's Vedic history throughout billions of years of human life on this planet. Such information, archaeological, or otherwise, are continually suppressed by the evil rulers of this planet, the Illuminati, and their dumbed-down minions in the real Axis of Evil countries, Britain, USA, and that trouble making nuclear-powered place in the middle east you can't mention. You get all your vitamin and mineral needs from the lacto-vegetarian lifestyle. B-12 is manufactured by bacteria, not animals. It's in human intestines as well as the animal's. Those who want to eat animals to get B-12 would eat humans if it wasn't agai

Sri V.
sri V5 years ago

My wife and I are a little below 70 and a little above 70, lifelong vegetarians from families practicing vegetarianism for well over a thousand years. Our markers for lipids, blood sugar and blood pressure are near optimal. We largely eat steamed/cooked food(not raw as a rule). We do take a small amount of milk products which takes care of B12, probably. I have been studying nutrition for over 10 years and many of my friends have reversed metabolic diseases through diet and some exercise. I find the article disturbingly ignorant and ignores the available research. There are one fears considerations other than health here, most importantly ones relating to ethics
May I humbly suggest that those who are interested a deep into these issues to read the books of Peter Singer, a distinguished teacher of philosophy with an open mind

Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

Good info...thanks

Dale Overall

A friend of mine takes some twenty plus supplements per day and is always catching tons of colds. flu and whatnot.
Many people do valid research to support whatever lifestyle that they choose. I am fond of meat and poultry but that doesn't mean that I don't look to various meat alternatives and watch the size of my servings.
A lot of supplements do not face strict regulation and one must always be on guard for quality and risk assessment, being natural is not always one hundred per cent safe.
People generally will follow whatever choice that best suits and comforts their world view and outlook.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

Of course the animal protein should be organic or wild caught(for fish).