"Is veganism really healthier than say Is veganism really healthier than say the Mediterranean diet or even vegetarianism??"
No veganism is not any healthier than Is veganism really healthier than say the Mediterranean diet or even vegetarianism is. To the best of my knowledge, there are no articles in Pub Med, that validate.s the "vegan diet," as being healthiest. Which actually there is no such thing as ma vegan diet. The so called vegan diet, is nothing more than the strict vegetarian diet, but with the adaptation of extending it into many other areas.
Now before I go any farther, and for the sake of clarity, I am not a registered dietitian, nutritionist, or any other form of a medical professional. The same basically applies to most who commonly reply in this subsection. Also I am not a vegetarian, or a vegan. My diet contains dairy, eggs, fish/seafood, meat, and poultry/fowl. Is veganism really healthier than say the Mediterranean diet or even vegetarianism?. However PubMed is one of many resources, that I've used in the past, and will continue to use as a resource. I user sources where nutrition is concerned. However anything from PETA is automatically disregarded, the same for many other groups that falls under the vegan banner.
The strict vegetarian diet aka the vegan diet, if well planned, can be healthy. However it does require a minimum of one essential nutrient being supplemented, and that is vitamin B12. Otherwise there is nothing else that is needed in the way supplements. However those who go to restricting other foodstuffs beyond dairy, eggs, fish/seafood, meat, and poultry/fowl, is where a need for adding supplements comes into play. The more restrictive a diet is the more supplements are needed, or otherwise the risk of failure to thrive on that specific diet becomes.
Now some of my fellow meat eaters/omnitarians claim that you can't get protein, or complete protein, with some even going as fart as to state, that the human body is incapable of building a complete protein chain. However this is not what research centers such as ,Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude's Hospital, Harvard School of Public Medicine, Maryland State University, Michigan State University, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, Ohio State University, Oregon State University, University of Oxford, University of Rochester Medical Center, and the University of North Carolina has found. In THEIR OPINION, when you get down to it, those research those facilities are wrong. Yet some of those facilities dates back more than eighty years. Those are just some of the sources I use. I will dismiss anything that takes out of context, or alters/changes/edits the context/wording of such research facilities, to suit whatever agenda is being promoted.
Now I agree with the one vegan who responded first, even though we've disagreed many times. A healthy diet is a healthy diet.