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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Vegan diets may not be nutritionally adequate

This post includes a summary of a paper published by the American Council on Science and Health July 1997 and a recipe for spicy pork scratchings.

Study title and author:
Kathleen Meister, M.S.

This paprer can be accessed at:

The author makes the following recommendations.
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

Diets completely devoid of animal products (vegan diets) may not be nutritionally adequate, especially for people with increased nutritional needs, such as infants, children, adolescents, pregnant or lactating women, and individuals with certain medical problems.

Parents who follow these unusual diets or lifestyles should realize that children are far more vulnerable than adults are to serious health damage from nutritional inadequacies and imbalances. Dietary restrictions that may be tolerated by adults could cause lasting harm to an infant or young child.

Young people who become vegetarians for ethical or environmental reasons may also be placing their health at risk.

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Recipe of the day

Spicy Pork Scratchings

Skin from pork joint
"Niman Ranch Pork shoulder, bone in"
Food Mall: Pork
1.5 tbsp fennel seeds
1.5 tbsp coriander seeds
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
Sea salt
Drizzle of olive oil

1.Preheat the oven to 220C.

2.Cut the skin into two pieces and score incisions in the skin with a sharp knife.

3.In a pestle and mortar. Crush the fennel, coriander and chilli with a pinch of salt. Trust me, this can take forever!

4.Place the skin on a roasting rack over a tray to catch the fat and sprinkle the spice mix over the skin making sure the skin pieces are evenly covered.

5.Sprinkle another good pinch of salt over the skins and drizzle a little olive oil over them.

6.Bake in the oven until the skins are very crispy. I found it took about 30-40 minutes to be sure it was properly hard on the top.

7.Break it up into pieces.

Pork Scratchings