Is a vegan diet – especially a raw vegan diet – actually dangerous? Are there things in meat, fish, eggs and dairy that you just can’t do without? To give the short answer, there are various nutrients that are either absent from plant foods, or hard to get enough of, and it is down to each of us to choose whether we want to get them from animal foods or from supplements – or be deficient in them, which is a third choice we have at our disposal.
Deficiencies can be quite deceptive. You may think everything is fine, only to find years later that you have a chronic deficiency, for instance of vitamin B12, that’s difficult to reverse and can significantly impact your health, and your quality of life, for the worse. Of course some of those who prefer to live without supplements or animal foods seem to be doing just fine, even years later. It’s rare, but it does happen.