I got a free issue of Food and Wine magazine in the mail the other day. As I was flipping through it, I noticed an interesting article titled “Should You Eat Like an Icelander?” (hence the title of my blog which answers this question!). Here’s the link to the full text of the article in case you are interested:
Yes! You Should Eat Like an Icelander!
Sarah Pope MGA has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She is a summa cum laude graduate in Economics from Furman University and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
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I am glad that you answered the question above: I have been meaning to bring up the question of vegetarian cultures after reading many of your posts.
The second portion of my comment relates to your posts on vegetarianism as a whole. What food we nourish our bodies with is a highly personal choice, Sarah. I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian, and have been since I was in high school. I take very good care to make sure that I eat the best I can. No “junk-food” vegetarianism, or soy-based, carbo-loaded diets here. I’m a student, a runner and a rock climber and I’ve never experienced ANY of the side effects you list in your (very numerous) articles defaming vegetarian diets.
I know nothing I say will ever cause you to reconsider your (in my opinion) biased and judgmental opinions on meat-free diets. However, just know I would never stoop so low as to write and speak about omnivores in the way you do about vegetarians and vegans (The clammy hands comment was meek on your scale). My food and my health is my decision. Leave me to mine and I’ll leave you to yours.
Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist
Hi Meagan, I have not yet read Michael's book, but there is an excellent review of the book from the WAPF perspective at this link:
Sarah, you may have already posted about this but what do you think of Michael Pollan's book, "In Defense of Food"? I have not read it, but from others' reviews it sounds like the goal is to eat less, eat simply and eat more plants? How does one reconcile these new books with what the WAPF advises?
Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist
You make an excellent point Lavanya. I should have clarified that modern vegans/vegetarians are so unhealthy, depressed etc because the usual form of vegetarianism today includes so much soy! Soy, you may already know, depresses the thyroid and leads into all manner of ill health. The traditional vegetarianism of India practice a much more healthy version as you describe. However, I would add that Dr. Price wrote that the traditional vegetarian cultures that he visited such as what is found in India, while healthy compared to Americans of his day (back in the 1920's), were not nearly as healthy as those traditional cultures that consumed animal foods. A really fantastic book that you might find interesting is "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Dr. Price where he describes his travels and his great disappointment about vegetarians having less robust health than the traditional omnivore cultures.
I really appreciate your bog and all the different articles that you post. But being from India, where quite a lot of the population is Hindu and vegetarian (even though i am not, but my parents and my sibling etc are), I tend to disagree that a vegetarian is unhealthy, depressed, nervous being. My grandmother died at the age of 88 and never even had a egg her whole life. But she grew up eating really healthy vegetarian food of lentils, green vegetables etc.