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The first myth is that our diet must contain animal-derived foods for the proper development of our bodies and brains.

The truth is that large numbers of people both alive today and in past eras live or have lived long and productive lives with little or no meat or other animal-based foods.

Factors to consider are:

  • Change in our consumption in the recent past Diet Change
     
  • The myth of the so-called Palaeolithic diet  Palaeolithic diet
     
  • Are animal derived LC PUFAs are essential for  brain development and maintenance? Fats for brains
     
  • What amount and sort of protein do we need? Are animal proteins better than plant based proteins?  Protein quality
     
  • Too little fruit and vegetable in the diet to counterbalance the effect of protein acid production may lead to osteoporosis (bone thinning).  Protein & bones