A diet expert has come under fire from viewers of ITV’s The Morning for claiming vegan diets are ‘a con’ on the show.
The ITV chat show hosted a segment on Tuesday morning’s episode (June 14) to discuss the argument of whether a vegan diet is really the best option for our bodies and the planet. Jayne Buxton, author of The Great Plant-Based Con, appeared on the show to argue how diets that exclude animal foods can be damaging to your health.
Speaking to presenters Holly and Phil, she said: “They’re being marketed as quality healthy alternatives when they’re not.” She added how some companies have come under fire for claiming it is a better diet for the environment, which is not always the case.
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In recent years more exposure has been given to the meat and dairy industries to how harmful they are to the environment, including increasing carbon emissions. But a diet comprised solely of plant-based foods – in particular, processed meat-free alternatives – is not the way forward, claims Jayne Buxton.
The author argued how solely plant-based diets can mean you are deficient in some vitamins and minerals with more chemicals and additives added to processed plant-based foods. Phillip Schofield highlighted how The Vegan Society states that supplements may be needed in a plant-based diet to ensure it is healthy and balanced.
When explaining her research, she added: “I am backed by an army of scientists who helped me research the book and are backing me now.” She believes in a diet without proceeded foods and carbs, using real wholefoods and small amounts of animal products, such as milk which she claimed is rich in vitamins our bodies need.
Jayne cited how the soil crisis the planet faced – of which there has been a loss of 84 per cent of topsoil – would be catastrophic for food production. If we cannot grow food this will mean a loss of life, she added.
Viewers flocked to Twitter to disagree with the author’s line of argument, with many highlighting dairy farming as a harmful industry. @MsMeesyTheMinx said: “I take it this lady never watched the panorama programme about dairy farming? Because she should”
@Bekieboyd explained: “Why do we call cows milk ‘ordinary milk’? Why did we choose a cow out of all animals to give hormones to make them produce milk for us all the time to drink. It’s not natural. It’s weird. No wonder people are embarrassed to ask for it.”
@Jenna69556206 added: “Who is this pro dairy pro meat quack on #thismorning desperate stuff!!!”
Some fans of the show were frustrated with being ‘preached’ at about diets altogether. @JayHBaker94 added: “I’m sick and tired of all the preaching of others telling other what they should eat. If I want meat, I’ll have some meat- Why because I enjoy it.”
However, some people agreed with the diet author. @DaniJ94 wrote: “Finally someone on This Morning who speaks sense, I like her.” @KatieMagnet added: “What a brilliant interview #ThisMorning Plant based con.”
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