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A condition that makes meat's amino acids critical?

Has anyone heard of this?

There's a feature in a magazine on Bryce Howard (she's in Twilight) and in it she says that she was vegan until she "developed a condition that makes meat's amino acids critical to my health." Anyone know what this is, or is she possibly misinformed? After all I've read I know that it's possible to get all the essentials for good health through vegan food but I've never heard of something like this.

Juuust wondering.

Has anyone heard of this?

There's a feature in a magazine on Bryce Howard (she's in Twilight) and in it she says that she was vegan until she "developed a condition that makes meat's amino acids critical to my health." Anyone know what this is, or is she possibly misinformed? After all I've read I know that it's possible to get all the essentials for good health through vegan food but I've never heard of something like this.

Juuust wondering.

According to Wikipedia:
"Until recently, she had been a devoted vegan since Joaquin Phoenix, her The Village co-star, showed her a documentary on animal cruelty called Earthlings, for which he had provided the narration at the request of Nation Earth.  However, in August 2006, Howard announced that she had switched her diet from vegan to vegetarian in order to help her boost her amino acid levels in preparation for pregnancy."

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sounds like a cop out to me....

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yeah, it seems like it should be the usual business of combined amino acids. Some people have certain disorders with amino acids (like phenylketonuria, or sometimes fructose/lactose intolerance can mess with tryptophan levels), but it would take a special diet period (vegan or not) to address at least PKU.
Sounds like another case of "I need meat for the iron" and whatnot.

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sounds like a cop out to me....

+1.

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bul.l and really really sad. i want to scream every time we lose a vegan due to pregnancy. IT'S NOT HEALTHIER TO BE OMNI, YOU JERKS!

see? screaming.

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bul.l and really really sad. i want to scream every time we lose a vegan due to pregnancy. IT'S NOT HEALTHIER TO BE OMNI, YOU JERKS!

see? screaming.

It's worse (not healthier) when you start to eat meat and dairy when you're pregnant because of all of the antibiotics and shit they put in everything. So, I don't understand the arguement, it makes no sense to me.

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I've heard lots of vegan/pregnancy conflict too. I can't really imagine why clogging your arteries would be healthier when you're pregnant than not but, that's probably becuase I'm a silly-defiicient-vegan who can't possibly be thinking straight without the brain powering nutrients that are just overflowing in meat, eggs and dairy.  ;D

Ahh really though, it is frustrating because I think people might worry about being protein, iron and calorie deficient while pregnant--which doesn't happen when you eat more than like, lettuce.

I know all of you know that though!

Aanyway, the reason I wondered if there really was a medical condition that could have to do with this is because I saw on House one time (I know, it's not real lol) that a girl ended up in the hospital after being on a low-carb diet and her bodie was requiring carbohydrates. Which, one might wonder, don't we all? But, still, I thought of that episode and I was like hmmm I hope this doesnt happen to me because amino acids or not, meat is gross.

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Well, amino acids and carbs are two totally different things.

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This makes no sense to me. I've been tracking my amino acids in Cron-o-meter, and I get at least 100% in all the essential amino acids every day on a glutenfree vegan diet. I don't understand what she thinks she is missing. ???

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I read a post on livejournal by a former vegetarian who suffered from constant vomiting made worse by consuming vitamin c, as well as being dangerously anaemic despite supplementing with iron, and apparently she constantly craved red meat - specifically a thick slab of bloody steak - and when she finally caved, the vomiting stopped. The anaemia and the connection to vit C makes me think it probably wasn't an amino acid deal but more likely something to do with iron metabolism. Maybe it's possible to physically require heme iron in the diet...? It's obviously not a common thing at all, though. Never heard of another case before or since.

I'll see if I can dig up the post. I don't remember the author's name, but I might be able to find it somehow.

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Everyone's body is different. We all tend to react to various foods and diets differently.

I do believe everyone can thrive on a vegan diet, but, I don't believe everyone does well on the same vegan diet.

There might be various other vegan foods to help with the meat cravings, as well as there are people who do better with some foods than others.

Veganism takes time to adjust to.

There is never any reason to be dogmatic about anything in life.

If your body is really used to eating meat, you need to pay attention to that.
The most important thing is to develop your own personal vegan diet that works for you and to make sure you are ready for it on all levels.

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