VegParadise.Com, which bills itself as “A Los Angeles Vegetarian Monthly Web Magazine” provides an excellent example of how vegetarian and vegan enthusiasts often curtail the information they present to highlight only the parts that fit their agenda.
On Dec. 1, 2001, the site published an article titled “Professor Exposes Osteoporosis Hoax” which discusses nutritionist Walter Willett’s new book, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy. As the article notes, Willett is on record as being skeptical of increasing milk consumption to prevent osteoporosis.
For some reason, though, VegParadise.Com doesn’t make its readers aware of some of Willett’s other recommendations and findings.
In his book, for example, Willett debunks the claim that eating eggs are bad for people’s health and Willett has referred to eggs as “the perfect food.” They also forget to mention a 1994 study that Willett conducted which found that consumption of high levels of Vitamin A from animal sources reduced breast cancer risk from 20 to 30 percent.
In fact, in interviews Willett has described his own personal diet which includes meat, though in moderation.
Nutrition Author Willett Rebuilds USDA Pyramid. Harvard Public Health Now, August 24, 2001.
Willett, Walter C. Micronutrients and cancer risk. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 59 (suppl), May 1994, pp. 1162S-65S.
Professor Exposes Osteoporosis Hoax. VegParadise.Com, December 1, 2001.
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