For immediate use
24th July 2003
VEGAN DIET LOWERS CHOLESTEROL: PASTY-FACED HIPPIES HAVE
The recent discovery that following a vegan diet can lower
cholesterol by the same amount as conventional drug treatment
has been welcomed by campaigning vegetarian organization Viva!
as a further vindication of the oft-mocked vegan lifestyle.
The Canadian study showed that a diet based on plant foods
lowered the most dangerous form of cholesterol by 29%, in
comparison to a reduction of 31% brought about by the most
popular drug treatment. The prestigious and authoritative
American Dietetic Association recently stated that vegetarian
and vegan diets are "healthful, nutritionally adequate
and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment
of certain diseases". They also stated that these
diets provide for all stages of the life cycle, including
pregnancy and infancy.
Viva! campaigner, Alistair Currie says: "Let's nail
this ludicrous myth that vegans are unhealthy once and for
all. The scientific evidence is absolutely clear: our diet
isn't just adequate, it is actually good for you. Amongst
many others, Martin Shaw, Chrissie Hynde and Britain's oldest
dog are all vegan: this isn't a diet for pasty-faced hippies,
it's a diet for everyone. We vegans wish health and happiness
to all living things but when burger-munching fatties tell
us that our diet is unnatural and unhealthy we can't help
wondering whether they've looked in the mirror recently -
or had their cholesterol checked."
Contact: Alistair Currie on 0117 944 1000