Secrets The Food Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

Introduction

The food industry is full of secrets they are desperate to keep from consumers.

Some will surprise you, some will shock you, and some will leave you reeling.

You will be amazed at just how many of these food industry secrets – that you are paying for – you did not know until now.

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Tricks Are Used To make rotting Meat Look Fresh

There are tricks used to make rotting meat look fresh

There are tricks the meat industry can use to make old rotting meat appear as if it is fresh. Treating the meat with carbon monoxide is just one method approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Farmed Salmon are given chemical additives to make them look more pink and healthy,  and hens are given chemical additives to make the yolks of their eggs brighter coloured.

Other meats have petrochemical dyes in them to make them look fresh when they are actually rotting. This can cause severe asthma attacks.

Chicken and ham are soaked in chlorine baths to remove odour, and red dye is added to beef to make it appear fresh when it is not.

To learn more facts like this, watch the documentary What The Health,  here.

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All Meat Eaters Have Worms

Everyone who eats meat has worms

Research, by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has shown that all meat eaters have worms and a high incidence of parasites in their intestines.

This is because dead flesh is a favourite target for microorganisms of all sorts.

The germs and parasites found in meat weaken the immune system and are the source of many diseases.

This is a problem throughout the world, not just in the USA.

To learn more facts like this, watch the documentary What The Health,  here.

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What Happens Next To These Cute Baby Chicks?

Watch what happens when you watch this group of cute baby chicks next – you won’t believe what you are seeing

The egg industry breeds chicks on a massive scale. They cannot control what sex is born. All chicks born male are no use for laying eggs, so are disposed of in a number of ways: being ground up alive, gassed, suffocated, drowned, crushed to death, or just dumped in huge skips to die.

What you saw in the video are male chicks being ground up alive by the egg industry. This happens to millions and millions of these innocent babies every day. This is all perfectly legal in places such a the UK, USA and Europe, and is solely funded by people buying eggs (and live hens).

It makes no difference if the eggs you buy are free range or any other type. Buying any eggs funds this.

The one day old cute and fluffy chicks come along a conveyor belt and workers determine their gender. The girls go to a life of slavery, mostly kept in disgusting conditions, and the boys go to a horrifying death.

Image: workers checking the sex of one day old chicks, and throwing all the males into a macerating machine to be ground up alive. Source

The egg industry promote an image of happy hens and keep this horror a secret.

As long as you buy eggs – whether free range or not – you are funding this cruelty, whether you like it or not.

What it comes down to is whether you care more about  saving animals from horrific suffering, or giving in to your cravings that you have been conditioned to have.

You can find out how to combat those cravings (which will disappear) and save animals from suffering, here.

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You’ll Be Surprised People Believe This!

Many people have been fooled into thinking dairy cows have evolved to produce milk all the time, without being pregnant

Video: This video is NOT graphic or violent

Just like humans, dairy cows need to have babies in order to produce milk. Dairy cows are kept pregnant so they constantly produce milk. The calves born are by-products of the dairy industry, and are taken from their mothers so that humans can steal their milk.  Meanwhile, the mother and baby heartbreakingly pine for each other.

If the calf is male, and therefore no use for producing milk, it is killed or fattened up in a tiny veal crate to be slaughtered for veal. Once dairy cows are too old to be profitable any longer, they too are sent to slaughter. 

The food industry hides this cruelty and suffering from the public and instead likes to project an image of happy cows. In reality, they suffer distress and pain just like humans do.

Can you imagine if you were force to keep giving birth to more babies and them being taken away from you, every time, while the milk meant for your baby was stolen from you? Can you imagine the distress caused to both mother and baby as it happens over and over again?

If you would like information about cutting out dairy products, see this page.

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Animal Products Are Making Us Resistant To Antibiotics

Consuming animal products is making us resistant to antibiotics

Farm animals are given large amounts of antibiotics, because the unatural diet they are given to fatten them up quickly (of corn, chicken faeces, growth hormones and more), makes them sick. It alters the chemical balance in their gut and the result is the majority of beef harbouring deadly E-coli.

Giving the cattle normal, healthy food would be far too costly as it would take much longer to fatten them up.

Humans  consuming meat and other animal products such as milk is a large factor in why we are building up a resistance to antibiotics. With antibiotics no longer working, huge numbers of humans will die due to infection.

A 2011 study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that half of the U.S. supermarket meat sampled contained staph infection bacteria, including the hard-to-kill MRSA. MRSA kills more people than AIDS. Beef burgers can contain bacteria from 1000 different cows.

Lazy employees leave hair, ear canal debris, and teeth parts in products.

To learn more facts like this, watch the documentary What The Health,  here.

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Meat With Cysts, Abscesses, And Tumours Is Routinely Sold To Us

Meat with abscesses, cysts and tumours is routinely sold to customers

Meat from the slaughter house reaches shop shelves and restaurants containing tumours and abscesses. They are often disguised by being minced up and made into sausages, burgers or mince and hidden in ready meals products.

To learn more facts like this, watch the documentary What The Health, here.

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Milk Contains Pus, Faeces, Bovine Growth Hormones, And More

Milk contains pus, faeces, Bovine Growth Hormones, and more

Because the udders of cows, goats or any other animal used to milk were never designed to be used as much as they are, they get painfully infected with conditions such as mastitis. Pus and blood from these infections are go into the milk, as can faeces, so the milk is bleached to disguise this. Milk is legally allowed to contain pus.

Milk also contains anti-biotics, as animals are loaded with anti-biotics and other drugs to try to keep infections away. Bovine growth hormones that cows are given are also present in milk.

Udders were only meant to be used for the animals calf, temporarily, not to be used over and over in a never ending cycle so humans can steal the milk. When you think of it that way, it is unsurprising that they get very painful and infected. Humans nipples would probably react similarly and get very sensitive and painful if they were abused the same way.

To learn more facts like this, watch the documentary What The Health, here.

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You Cannot Be Sure What Animal You Are Eating

You cannot be sure what animal you are eating

Over recent years it has become apparent how easy it is for suppliers to misrepresent meat.

They can label it one animal, but it may be another.

In 2013, a huge amount of horse meat was found to have been labelled as beef in foods in the U.K., a non-horse-eating country. The meat had been made into convenience foods made by famous brands as well as supermarket own brands, and sold throughout the UK.

Investigations were launched at the time, but nothing of significance has been changed, meaning it could quite easily happen again.

Investigations in other countries have since found many similar instances of meat, poultry, and fish being mislabelled.

To learn more facts like this, watch documentary, What The Health, here.

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Prozac May Have Been In Your Chicken’s Diet

Prozac may have been part of your chicken’s diet

Image: Barn hens living in darkness in each other’s excrement, even climbing over dead bodies.  Free Range also live like this, but are allowed outside during the day if the doors are opened. 

In 2012, Johns Hopkins University study studied the feathers of imported chickens to figure out what the birds ingested before slaughter. They found traces of antidepressants, painkillers, banned antibiotics, and allergy medication. According to scientists, Prozac is sometimes used to offset anxiety common in factory farm conditions. This is because stress can slow birds’ growth and so hurt profits. Scientists also uncovered caffeine in about 50 percent of samples taken. Why? Caffeine keeps chickens awake so they can grow faster.

Although this particular sample was birds, it is common for such practices to be used with other farm animals, especially those in cramped, confined conditions.

To learn more facts like this, watch the documentary What The Health, here.

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You Could Be Eating Arsenic And More

You could be eating animal worming medication containing arsenic and other harmful chemicals 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered traces of harmful veterinary drugs and heavy metals in U.S. beef, including:

  • Ivermectin, an animal wormer that can cause neurological damage in humans.
  • Flunixin, a veterinary drug that can cause kidney damage, stomach, and colon ulcers, as well as blood in the stool of humans.
  • Penicillin, a drug that can cause life-threatening reactions in people who are allergic to it.
  • Arsenic, a known carcinogen that is allowed in non-organic animal feeding operations. It is commonly fed to chickens. Chicken litter (made up of feces), is then fed to intensively farmed feedlot cattle, which is where the majority of supermarket and fast-food beef comes from.
  • Copper, that is harmful when too much accumulates in our bodies.

To learn more facts like this, watch the documentary What The Health, here.

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Slaughtering A Pig Is Like Slaughtering A Young Child

Slaughtering a pig is like slaughtering a young child

In studies, pigs have been shown to be more intelligent and sensitive than dogs, cats, and actually be of the level of a 3 year old child. They are so smart, they can be taught to play video games!

All animals, not just pigs, feel similar terror and pain to that which a human would feel if facing being slaughtered. Think how you would feel, or how you feel about your young child going through it.

In addition, studies have shown that farm animals such as cows, pigs, sheep and chickens form bonds with other animals, just like humans do, and feel stressed and frightened when separated from them.

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Up To 40% Of The Time, Stunning In Slaughterhouses Does Not Work

Up to 40% of the time the stunning of animals in the slaughterhouses does not properly work

Image: A frightened cow is trapped in a tiny pen about to be stunned.

For cows, the stunning is usually done by a bolt gun, held against their heads. A bolt from the gun smashes through their skulls and into their brains. For pigs and chickens, they are stunned using an electric shock. Sheep can be either. When the stunning is ineffective, the animals can be paralysed are still fully conscious and terrified when they experience the agony of having their throats slit.

Video: Shows botched stunning with bolt gun and fully conscious cow hung upside down about to have it’s throat slit.

After having their throats slit, many are submerged in the scalding tank while fully conscious, having not had time to bleed out.

Pigs are more sensitive and intelligent than dogs, and we would not allow that to happen to dogs. Consuming meat is what pays for this to happen. The only way to stop it is to avoid meat.

Even the animals that are successfully stunned feel unimaginable terror beforehand, as they sense they are under threat, just like your dog would in the same situation.

Most people think see animals in the fields is a nice thing, but when you look them in the face and know how the lives of every one of them will end in terror and agony, it’s not so nice.

There are many good meat substitutes, many of which are available in supermarkets. You can see them reviewed here.

For more information about cutting out animal products, see this page.

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Most Meat Is Contaminated With Faeces

Most meat sold is contaminated with faeces

Any food that is contaminated with faeces has the potential to make you sick. Meat and particularly poultry are easily contaminated with faeces during the slaughtering and dressing of the meat.

A study by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed that nearly 80 percent of ground beef is contaminated with disease-causing microbes. The primary source of these bugs is feces. A study conducted by the University of Arizona found there are more fecal bacteria in the average kitchen sink than in the average toilet bowl.  The source of this biohazard at home is the meat you buy at the typical grocery store.

The germs and parasites found in meat weaken the immune system and are the source of many diseases.

This is a problem the world over, not just the USA.

To learn more facts like this, watch the documentary What The Health, here.

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Chicken Could Be Fuelling Urinary Tract Infections

Chicken could be fuelling urinary tract infections

The consumption of chicken rose as it was promoted as a healthy alternative to red meat. However, researchers Investigated disease-causing bacteria on grocery store meat and compared it to urine samples of women diagnosed with UTIs, they found that in 71 percent of cases, the E. coli bacteria collected from women with UTIs matched the strain detected on supermarket chicken.

“People are eating a lot more chicken because it’s often perceived as healthier,” says Amy Manges, PhD, associate professor in the department of epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health at McGill University in Montreal. “But what people don’t realize is that chicken is pretty heavily contaminated with bacteria in general, and those bacteria tend to be drug resistant.”

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People Do Not Know What Is Involved In Live Export

People do not realise what is involved in live export.

Live export is where animals are transported hundreds, even thousands of miles to be slaughtered.

They are packed together, covered in each other’s faeces and urine. They slip and fall and injure themselves during the journey, but they receive no veterinary treatment. They travel through freezing or extremely hot temperatures, resulting in them suffering frostbite, or extreme dehydration, or other temperature related conditions. Many are unwell and some die during the journey, having suffered terribly. They are not given food or water, and their suffering is extreme.

They Are transported to countries that often have far lower standards of animal welfare, where they are treated with extreme cruelty and suffer horrifically when slaughtered.

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You Might Be Surprised What Happens To Ex-Racehorses

You might be surprised at what happens to ex racehorses.

The majority of these sensitive animals, who do not make the grade or who are past their prime, are sent to slaughter to be made into horse meat – horse meat that has ended up hidden in foods in UK supermarkets, and no doubt in the food of other non-horse eating countries!

The majority of the horse meat though, goes to horse meat eating countries.

They can be exported live to other countries where animal welfare standards are non-existent, or a lot lower than the country of origin. The result is horrific suffering.

Only a small proportion of the horses are lucky enough to be rescued. Supporting horse racing in any way, including attending social activities at their grounds, funds the industry and this animal torture.

In addition to ex-racehorses, this is the end destination for working horses at the end of their working lives, and even pet horses.

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Farm Animals Are Actually Buried Alive!

In some countries, farm animals are actually buried alive!

Both adult and baby farm animals are forced into mass graves together, and then are buried under tonnes of soil.

Why? When diseases such as foot and mouth break out, it is believed that burying the animals in specially prepared mass graves will help stem the spread of the disease. The fact that the animals are alive is just because it would cost more money to kill them all first. This is just another example of how it is endemic throughout the farming industry that profit comes before animal welfare. We can only try to imagine the extreme suffering of these  poor individuals.

Images: Pigs and piglets being forced into mass graves to be buried alive, in South Korea. 

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This Is How Many Pigs Spend Their Entire Lives

Most pigs spend entire their lives like this:

Most pigs, a species that have been proven to be as intelligent as small children, spend their whole lives in cages where they are not even able to turn around. They are trapped in cages like these and bred from, and then their babies get the same treatment.

This is where most ham, bacon and pork products in supermarkets and butchers shops comes from.

If you would like help cutting out meat, see this page.

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Countless People Die Every Year From Germs In Meat

Countless people die from germs in meat every year

Thousands of people die from meat borne food poisoning each year, including children.

More than half a million Americans, most of them children, have been sickened by mutant fecal bacteria (E. coli) in meat. These germs are the leading cause of kidney failure among children in the United States.

The new mutant bugs found in today’s meat are extremely deadly. For you to come down with Salmonella poisoning, you have to consume at least a million of these germs. But to become infected with one of the new mutant bugs, you need to ingest a measly five of them.

Even Monkey Pox can be contracted from consuming meat.

To learn more facts like this, watch the documentary What The Health, here.

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Slaughterhouse Workers Do Not Care About Laws, Even Skinning Animals Alive

Slaughterhouse Workers Do Not Care About The Animals – They Even Skin Them Alive (after all, time is money!)

Filmed through an open window at the back of the Ryding-Regency slaughterhouse in Toronto, Canada, footage clearly shows a large brown cow thrashing about on the floor, trying to get up, as blood gushes out of a gaping wound on her neck. A black-and-white cow similarly struggles on the floor, while a worker bends over and cuts her throat. Cows hoisted upside down, dangling from one leg, appear to be still conscious with their eye lids opening and closing, while workers tear off the skin from their faces with knives. Blood is everywhere. It is illegal to hoist a conscious cow in Canada.

Like other countries, slaughterhouse workers do not care about the laws, rules or the suffering of the animals. Anyone with any compassion for animals could not bear to work in a slaughter house, so the animals are left with people with no compassion, empathy or sympathy for them. These people think nothing of causing them horrific suffering, especially since time is money and the production line does not stop for anything as irrelevant as excessive animal suffering.

There are countless videos of slaughterhouse activities on the web, which show that cruelty to this degree, to sentient animals, is sadly not an rarity. Nor is slaughter house workers’ disregard for animal welfare laws. This is the case in every country.

Dr. Armaiti May, a California-based veterinarian who watched the video, commented: “I was horrified to see fully conscious, alert cows writhing and flailing in agony as the blood drained from their slit throats.”

To continue to fund the meat industry is to condone this treatment of animals, and, in fact, keep causing it.

The Star Colomnist, reports here on her experience of bearing witness with the Save Movement, a group dedicated to offering animals a moment of comfort before they enter the slaughter house, and raising awareness of their plight.

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The Slaughterhouse Practice That Causes Food Poisoning

The slaughterhouse practice that causes food poisoning

Increasingly, slaughterhouses have adopted the process of mechanically tenderizing steaks and other
high-quality cuts of beef.

Doing so involves driving blades and needles into steak — which in turn, drive any bacteria living on the surface of a steak deep into the flesh.

This is because all the antibiotics that are pumped into cattle, and other modern-day farming practices, lead to tough, tough, chewy meat, says Sarah Klein, a senior attorney in the food-safety program at Center
for Science in the Public Interest.

All the bacteria on the outside of a rare or medium cooked steak would have been killed when it was cooked, but the bacteria pushed deep inside by the tenderising process remains alive.

More than half of the 82 outbreaks linked to steak in the past ten years can be definitively linked to E. coli.

Meat packaging does not tell you whether the meat has been mechanically tenderised or not.

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Meat eaters: Twice As Likely To Die From Heart Disease; 60% More Likely To Die From Cancer

Meat eaters are twice as likely to die from heart disease, and 60% more likely to die of cancer than non meat eaters

A study that compares vegetarians to meat eaters (the Oxford Vegetarian Study), found that meat eaters are twice as likely to die from heart disease, have a 60 percent greater risk of dying from cancer, and a 30 percent higher risk of death from other causes.

In addition, the incidence of obesity, which is a major risk factor for many diseases, including gallbladder disease, hypertension and adult onset diabetes, is much lower in those following a vegetarian diet, as is the level of cholesterol.

As far back as 1961, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that a vegetarian diet could prevent 90-97% of heart diseases.

With bacon and other meats being found to be as bad for you as cigarettes, these results aren’t enrirely a surprise.

A US federal study conducted by the National Cancer Institute, and featured in Archives of Internal Medicine, compared people with a high meat intake to people with a low one. It showed that people with diets high in meat are at significantly higher risk of dying early.

Women who ate large amounts of red meat had a 20 percent higher risk of dying of cancer and a 50 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease than women who ate less.

Men had a 22 percent higher risk of dying of cancer and a 27 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease, compared to those who ate the least red meat, which was just 5 ounces per week, or 25g per day – approximately a small rasher of bacon.

The study also found that high white meat consumption also posed a major risk.

The researchers noted that meat contains several cancer-causing chemicals, as well as the unhealthiest forms of fat.

The findings support a previous study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which showed that eating meat boosts risk of prostate cancer by 40%.

Since then, parents have learned that their children had a 60% increased risk of developing leukemia if they consumed meat products, such as ham, sausages and hamburgers.

The China Study, the most comprehensive study of all time, also found that the cancer rate was highest in nations with high meat consumption, and lowest in the nations of low or no meat consumption.

Researcher Rollo Russell writes in his Notes on the Causation of Cancer that thirty-five nations he studied that ate little or no flesh, none had a high rate of cancer. This is in contrast to nations who ate a lot of meat typically having a high rate of cancer.

The US government now recommends a plant based diet.

For more information about cutting out animal products, see this page.

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People Are Conditioned To Fool Themselves About The Food Industry

People have the ability to con themselves into thinking animal slaughter is humane

Psychologist Claire Mann explains in her book, Vystopia, that people are brought up in a trance like state that they are unaware they are in, and which they think is normal. They comfortable in this state. This means they try to justify continuing to fund the suffering of animals, even though there is no real justification for it.

They often also do not want to know what goes on. They want to protect themselves from having to change. they think that if they protect themselves from seeing or hearing about it, it cannot affect them.

Since pigs are more intelligent than cats and dogs, if slaughter was truly humane then people would be allow their pets to be put out of their misery that way too. But when thought of in those terms, just how inhumane animal slaughter is suddenly comes into focus.

Pigs are not only more intelligent than dogs, cats, they are of a similar level to a three year old child. Yet we would not dream of putting a dog, cat, or young child to death in that way, no matter what the reason.

For the 40% of animals for which stunning doesn’t work properly, they can be paralysed by the stunning and unable to move or scream, but are still fully conscious and terrified when the experience the agony of having their throats are slit. The production line is not halted for anything like this.

The animals are then hoisted up and submerged in the scalding tank – often before they have had time to bleed out. When animals are killed the Halal and Kosher way they do not get stunned. They are fully conscious when their throats are slit and thrash around in agony.

Research shows that cows, and other farm animals feel fear very strongly, even just when they are separated from their friends that they have bonded with.  When faced with terrifying situations, such as in the slaughterhouse, the fear, pain and distress they fear is unimaginable to us.

There’s a good reason why most people never see the inside of a slaughter house: because of the horror that goes on inside.

For more information about cutting out animal products, see this page.

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We Eat Babies

We Eat Babies

Farm animals are fed on an unnatural diet including growth hormones, which fattens them up much more quickly that in the past.

For calves they are slaughtered between 3 and 16 weeks old.

Cattle feed fed Cows are 12 and 16 months old when they go to slaughter. A cows natural life span is 15 to 20 years.

Pigs are 4 and 12 months old when slaughtered for bacon or pork. A pigs natural lifespan is 10 to 12 years.

Sheep, or lambs, are slaughtered at 6 to 8 months old. Sheep naturally live to 12 to 14 years old.

These farm animals only get to live a small fraction of their lives before being forced to endure a terrifying and agonising slaughter.

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Here Is The Truth About Halal And Kosher Meat

See The Truth Here About Kosher Meat

This video shows the method of animal slaughter used for Halal meat, which Muslims eat, and Kosher Meat, which Orthodox Jews and some Conservative Jews eat. No attempt is made to stun the animals and they feel the agony of having their throat slit and bleeding out. They thrash around in agony as they bleed out.

If this is so humane, why aren’t pets put to sleep this way, and why don’t people think it would be a nice way for them or their loved ones to die? The answer is because it is far from even being close to being humane.

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Meat Is Not A Natural Source Of Vitamin B12 - Animals Are Supplemented

Most Farm Animals Are Deficient In Vitamin B12, So Are Given Supplements

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Most people believe Vitamin B12 naturally occurs in meat. They do not realise that it is only because the animals are given supplements. The farm animals, including cows, sheep, and goats, pigs, and poultry, are deficient in B12 without taking a supplement.

If a person was to take a B12 supplement instead of eating meat, they would be cutting out the middle man, and would benefit from having the higher and healthier levels of vitamin B12.

This goes against the meat industry’s efforts to promote meat as a natural and essential source of vitamin B12.

Further more, it is often argued that, because the vegan diet lacks vitamin B12, it must be unhealthy. In fact, up to 40% of the general population are thought to be B12 deficient. Vegans are only a very small fraction of that population, which means that most people who are deficient in vitamin B12 are not vegans.

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