Led by an army of Hollywood A-Listers, the vegan diet is on the rise. According to an article this week in the Daily Express one in four hundred of us now follow this extreme regime. But Beyonce and her friends are up against the Private Clinic of Harley Street who insist the diet is a hazard to your health, including potentially damaging your hair.

Our Journey So Far With Vegan Food

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“Violence begins with the fork” said Gandhi. His was an early voice, in the formative days of media, calling on the wider population to embrace a meat-free diet. For Gandhi it was a moral decision based on his religious beliefs. Although the attitude resonated for some it would be a long time before the concept would find a happy home in the secular West.

In more recent times studies have been performed which have shown red meat to be a tough proposition for our digestive systems. Indeed, the World Health Organisation have reduced the recommended daily intake from 90g to 70g citing a link between eating red meat or processed meat… things like bacon, pate, ham or salami. So trade in your sausages for tofu right? Well, as always seems the case when it comes to our health, things aren’t quite that straightforward.

The Trouble With Tofu

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We are not picking on Tofu entirely at random. It turns out that fresh soy contains inflammatory lectins and Phytic acid. The way these bind with minerals actually prevent the body from using them.  Almond milk, a popular dairy alternative, is also singled out for special attention by Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, a hair transplant surgeon quoted in the article… who describes almond milk as “like eating inflammation”. These problems aggravate the essential issue with the vegan diet… a lack of access to crucial nutrition.

What Is A Vegan Missing Out On?

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While there are challenging aspects to what constitutes a vegan diet it is of course what they don’t eat that presents the real problems. The absence of what most would consider essential parts of our diet means that vegans struggle to consume enough of a range of vital vitamins and minerals. Zinc and B-12 are necessary for healthy shiny hair for example.  Iodine is essential for the production of the thyroid hormone, needed for healthy hair, skin and nails.

She also explains some vegans may suffer from a lack of Iodine. Iodine is needed for the production of the thyroid hormon. Zinc and vitamin B-12.  vegans may suffer from a lack of Iodine. Iodine is needed for the production of the thyroid hormone which contributes to healthy hair growth.

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