Originally Posted by adam antichrist
There are people who will need to avoid processed foods even if they are veg and you may be one of these people without knowing it. I get the impression most of the regs here are pretty young, and nobody worries about dietary health when young. But most of us can see what we need to be careful for by looking at the incidence of disease in our families. Some people will never get bowel cancer no matter how much **** they eat, meat included. But others are at increased risks due to their DNA. IIRC Colon cancer is the result of 6 genetic mutations in the cells of the colon, and some people may already have several of these mutations when they are born.
The trouble is, most new vegos get their info off other vegos and most other vegos don't know as much as they think they do about healthy foods due to the significant amount of misinformation floating around the web. The bowel cancer stuff is new, it was only published earlier this year. There are lots of vegos who may be compromising their health by eating rubbish from the frozen foods section or McDeath chains that can easily be avoided. I am concerned that vego diets will stop having the health benefits we have enjoyed because more of these harmful products are consumed and cause all sorts of health problems in vegos that we have until now been avoiding.
So who really cares whether being vego is more convenient if it is becoming more harmful? Is the only concern we have increasing the numbers of vegos at the risk of their health?
I am fully aware of the bowel cancer research. I heard about that when it came out. Most of us also know that real food is good for us, processed food is not. And even if we're not health vegetarians, most of us are aware that some degree of paying attention to your health is necessary in the long run. We're not all idiots.
You're totally correct in saying that we shouldn't eat all that processed cr*p. I miss it, but I realize that it's better that I live in a place that doesn't have it because then I'm forced to eat real food, which I know perfectly well is better for me.
That said, I don't think there's anything wrong with the OCCASIONAL processed food. Don't live off it, don't rely on it. More than twice a week may well be too much. But occasionally, moderately, a little processed stuff here and there is fine in my opinion. If you're genetically predisposed to get a disease, you're going to get it. If you're not, small, infrequent amount of something like that are UNLIKELY (not 100%, of course) to cause those diseases.
It's also a good option for those transitioning from a meat-based or junk-food based diet.
My health is very important to me. I'm acutely aware of how valuable and fragile it is. But I don't think the occasional less-than-healthy choice is going to ruin it.