BBC: Vegan Diet Could Affect Intelligence | Debunked

February 12, 2020

Make no mistake, this is a vegan hit piece that only makes negative claims against a vegan diet for intelligence and overall brain health. The errors, out of date research, and exclusion of any positive points deserves a debunk.
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Original Article: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200127-how-a-vegan-diet-could-affect-your-intelligence

My Meat Made Us Human Response Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgmfRUwqGy4

Starch and Brain Evolution:
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/682587?seq=1 

Calories in a human brain calculation:  
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-nutritional-value-of-eating-brain-human-specifically 

Extra: Protein is horrible brain energy source: https://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/diabetes/62/5/1435.full.pdf 

Extra: Animal fat bad brain energy source: “26–47% of the energy contained in fatty acids is lost if they are used for gluconeogenesis.”
https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002116 

Dramatic Anti-vegan Article 1 on Choline:
https://www.insider.com/does-a-vegan-diet-stunt-brain-growth-choline-2019-9  

My Choline Video:

Dramatic Anti-vegan Article 2:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4493900/Trendy-vegan-diets-wreck-child-s-health.html

Dramatic Article 2’s Expert Conflicts:

Breastfeeding controversy offers lesson to researchers about conflicts of interest

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27886704

Compilation of organization statements: 
https://vomadlife.com/blogs/news/what-do-the-biggest-nutrition-organisations-say-about-veganism

Review Against Vegan and Vegetarian Children: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408398.2018.1437024

India Gender Ratio:
https://ourworldindata.org/gender-ratio

Study on Vegetarian Gender Ratios that doesn’t exist:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12026434?dopt=Abstract

Kenyan Study:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14672297

Empathy Study on Vegans:
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0010847  

Empathy is associated with emotional intelligence:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28406102  

Creatine Not Essential:  https://aminoacidstudies.org/l-carnosine/

Carnosine Not Essential: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/taurine

Taurine Not Essential: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12793840

Vegetarians Equal Brain Creatine (slightly higher):
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24290771

Vegan Health Quote on Creatine Study:

Creatine

Duckweed B12: https://www.parabel.com/plant-based-nutrients-parabels-water-lentils-found-to-be-rich-source-of-vitamin-b12/

Swiss Vegan Study:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26502280

B12 Not Lower in Vegans – Spain Study:
“…differences in vitamin B12 and MMA…not found.”
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11130-018-0677-y

B12 Not Lower in Vegans – Runners:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6566694/

Saturated Fat and Alzheimer’s:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12580703

High LDL or bad cholesterol is linked to early onset Alzheimer’s: 
http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.0648 

Choline Content of 200 calories of beef:
https://www.myfooddata.com/articles/high-choline-foods.php  

Industry Choline Study:
https://www.fasebj.org/doi/pdf/10.1096/fj.201700692RR 

Brain Inflammation Neurodegeneration:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2814458/pdf/imm0129-0154.pdf

Lower C Reactive Protein / Inflammation on Vegan Diet:
“The average CRP level was 5.29 ± 11.7 at baseline and 3.56 ± 8.0 mg/dL post intervention”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25637150

Why people hate vegans:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/oct/25/why-do-people-hate-vegans  

Intro/Outro Song: Sedução Momentânea by Roulet:
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Roulet/Beats_dAmor/Roulet_-_Beats_dAmor_-_07_Seduo_Momentnea

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