A Vegan Clash With The Queen?

May 10, 2019 02:17 PM

New royal baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor may have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but his parents won’t use it to feed him animal-derived foods.

Yep, Prince Harry and Meghan Markel plan to raise their son a vegan. And the Queen is not happy.

According to a story published by Woman’s Day, "Meghan wants her baby to be raised a vegan," reveals a palace insider. But, “the Queen won’t have it.”

I suspect that, if you’re like me, you have plenty of other things to warrant your attention than gossip about the British Royal Family. And whether a baby born into a family with a $500 million fortune will be raised vegan is, frankly, inconsequential.

But, with media coverage of the Royal’s every move, it’s hard to ignore. Which is why you should be concerned for baby Archie.

Oh, don’t worry about the baby’s health. I’m sure that with a stable of maids, nannies and chefs, baby Archie’s nutritional needs will be more than adequate on a vegan diet. Your concern should be for what message that sends to other young parents.

Reality is, it’s difficult to provide an infant adequate nutrition with a vegan diet. Not impossible, but difficult. And, it’s generally more expensive.

Look, if Harry and Meghan choose to live a vegan lifestyle, I’m fine with that. But they also have a responsibility – given their lofty perch at the peak of the socio-economic ladder – to set an example for their admirers.

We shouldn’t be skeptical about the influence of the Royal’s. Fox Business News reported there are a number of ways the birth of a royal baby impacts the economy over the short-term. John Quelch, dean of University of Miami Business School, said it can provide a bump for restaurants and bars around the U.K., as citizens hold parties – boosting confidence in the face of “Brexit malaise.”

“There’s nothing better than a royal baby arriving on a Friday because that is surely good for party business on Saturday and Sunday,” Quelch told FOX Business.

Brushing aside the economic boost, the danger a Royal vegan baby presents is that many young parents may be enticed to follow Harry and Meghan’s lead and raise their children as vegans. Some can afford the luxury, many can’t. And even if they can afford the vegan lifestyle, many won’t understand how to ensure adequate nutrition under such a lifestyle.

Maybe the Queen’s influence will cause the couple to reconsider. One report says Her Majesty, 92, has made her objections known, and, “It’s created tense discussions between Meghan and Harry, who doesn't want to upset his grandmother,” Woman’s Day reported.

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Spell Check

Baltimore, MD
5/13/2019 09:21 AM

  Hi Canrancher, It's well established that eating meat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. I've linked just one study in the mountains of research below. Regarding your observation that 3 people who had a vegan lifestyle for some part of their lives died of cancer, it's clear that you don't understand the issue. It is shown that eating meat does contribute to an increased chance of getting some cancers but it is not the only cause. But to dig in, George Harrison died of lung cancer, probably from smoking, Jobs died of Pancreatic cancer which can be associated with several things, and Linda McCartney died of breast cancer which has a strong genetic causes. A failure to understand science does not disprove the facts. https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-livable-future/research/clf_publications/pub_rep_desc/meat_intake.html

Denver, CO
5/11/2019 11:58 AM

  >Reality is, it’s difficult to provide an infant adequate nutrition with a vegan diet. Not impossible, but difficult. And, it’s generally more expensive. First off it's not difficult, second it's cheaper. Rice, beans, pasta, lentils, potatoes. All these staples are cheap. Third of all the reason to avoid animal products in your diet is because they are linked with heart disease or cancer. Your post is written from a place of not knowing the science behind cancer and heart disease and the role diet plays in promoting these. Cholesterol is only found in animal products, HCAs and PAHs are only created when animal flesh is cooked, high amounts of methionine, Neug5c, Raises igf-1, activates mTor pathways that promote aging related diseases. These are all different ways animal products cause heart disease and cancer. Eating rice and beans does not, and it's frankly imperative that more people start eating less animal products if they are concerned about their risks of heart disease and cancer. Not eating animal products is like not smoking cigarettes or not drinking alcohol. It's the right decision, because we understand the science behind the choice.

Denmark, WI
5/16/2019 08:40 AM

  Cooked meat is extremely nutrient dense, with those nutrients more easily extracted by the human digestive system thanks in part to the process of cooking. This fact was a major contributor in human evolution and our bodies ability to devote more resources towards developing a large, and high energy consuming brain. Without cooking of meat, this evolutionary step would not have happened. However, this also means that humans don't need as much meat as we consume, to fill our needs, since cooked meat is so dense with available nutrients. Here in lies the problem, as other have stated with disease and cancer. Everything in moderation, but most consume meat (and carbs) at 2 to 3 times what the body needs, leading to obesity. This coupled with a general lack of exercise (also an evolutionary necessity) has lead to our current national health problems. To sum up, if your going to sit on your butt all day, a vegan diet is probably best for you health. But if you're active and use your brain, you're going to need meat to meet your needs, but probably not as much as you or your appetite would like.


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