MELBOURNE: Scientists have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain-with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.

Vegans and vegetarians are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause anaemia and inflammation of the nervous system. Yeast extracts are one of the few vegetarian foods which provide good levels of the vitamin.

The link was discovered by Oxford University scientists who used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to examine 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87. When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage. It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.

Makes perfect sense to me.

  1. Mark Derail says:

    Of course only Angel H. Wong would notice such a feature. :)

    FWIW I do eat the occasional chicken, as well seafood / fish. No need to eat beef / pork to keep my B12 up.

    However I will look into it.

    Gorillas eat insects, and the blood of small animals -or their favorite sport- chimps.

    Most likely they get their B12 in the blood. I also never saw a healthy truly vegan hominid.

  2. hhopper says:

    Angel you horny bastard!

  3. Stephanie says:

    #16, I call bullshit!

    I am not a vegetarian by any stretch of the imagination but I do not eat as much meat as the “average” American.

    American meat that is of quality (raised without hormones, not in horrible conditions and slaughtered humanely) is expensive and hard to come by. If those of you who call vegetarians or vegans stupid want to eat flesh that is harvested in some of the most despicable ways, more power to you. Vegetarians fall under different categories as well with some eating dairy, fish or eggs. All of those things still have protein and vitamins.

    Indeed there is also research that links over-consumption of red meat to various kinds of cancer. And what about all those nitrites that they put in the processed meats? If you want to put that garbage in your body, go for it!

    I am all for reformation of “ranching” and slaughtering practices in this country. But even if it did happen, meat will be my side dish, not the main course. You have heard it time and time again, moderation is key.

    What the hell is with that picture anyways? No meat for dinner tonight after that visual.

  4. Robynnnn says:

    If we’re all so stupid, how come Albert Einstein was a vegetarian?