Like calcium, iron is a metal, and has nothing whatsoever to do with animals or the stuff that comes out of them. There is no link at all between veganism and anaemia (iron deficiency) and vegans and vegetarians tend to get their RDA for iron without even thinking about it. Remember this rhyme for iron: nuts, beans and dark leafy greens. Vegans generally have a far better intake of vitamin C than meat eaters (who are, on average, deficient in vitamin C), which aids iron absorption. The type of iron found in meat is heme iron, which is the type of iron your body cannot regulate properly, and forces its way into the bloodstream. This, in turn, encourages production of free radicals, which can damage DNA and increase cancer risk. So it is safer as humans that we consume plant-based sources of iron (non-heme iron). Plantbased foods rich in iron are soybeans, lentils, tofy, chickpeas, tempeh, lima beans, collard greens, swiss chard, potato, tomato sauce, watermelon, dried apricots, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, chia seeds, sesame seeds, blackstrap molasses, prune juice, quinoa, oatmeal, fortified cereals etc.
Just as the dairy industry has managed to get everybody to associate calcium with their product, so too have the fish and fish oil industries managed to get everybody to associate omega-3 with theirs. Contrary to popular belief, fish is not a 'health food'—riddled with mercury, dioxins, and PCBs, it is highly advisable that you consume plant-based sources of omega-3 to maintain a healthy heart, brain, and body. Good vegan sources of omega-3 include: flaxseeds (aka linseeds), hemp seeds, edamame, wild rice, canola oil, walnuts, black beans and kidney beans.
It's just like talking to people who believe in God.
#653: Veganism is like a religion <--- Just gonna leave this one here.
Note that your arguments are all based on dogmatic beliefs and industry propaganda while mine are based on hundreds of scientific evidence, peer-reviewed studies and papers. I mean, by your logic I would not be talking to you right now because I would have died 10 years ago or so of deficiencies. But my blood test results show no deficiences at all. And the same applies to my vegan friends and family members who have never eaten meat in their life ever. While most of my non-vegan friends and family members are deficient in iron, B12 and lots of other things. Explain that. We are all raised in ignorance by blindly following industry propaganda, but we need to wake up. Animal agriculture is killing the planet and trillions of its beings on a yearly basis. And if a choice has victims, people are going to speak up for the victims. Sorry, that's just how it is. I hope you understand that.
Having body parts that are simply capable of doing something does not mean that we should do it. To use an analogy, imagine if a man sexually assaulted someone, and then to justify his actions, pointed at his penis. Yes, humans can digest animal products, but why does that mean we should? Vegans are living proof that humans can live long, healthy lives without eating any animal products whatsoever, and they have the same biological makeup (teeth, etc.) of any non-vegan person, thus it is unnecessary to harm animals when there are alternatives.
With regards to the teeth, it turns out that our teeth are in no way carnivorous/omnivorous anyway. Humans have flat, blunt teeth, with a jaw capable of moving side to side, just like any herbivore. With regards specifically to our 2 pointy little teeth, these are commonplace in various species of herbivores, such as fruit bats, rhinos, hippos, gorillas, and musk deer (aka the sabre tooth deer), all of which have far larger, sharper canines than our 2 pathetic little apple-crunchers that are completely incapable of even tearing through a pillow, let alone someone's flesh and bone.
If humans even had a single omnivorous instinct, the animal rights movement wouldn't even exist because we'd be too busy drooling over slaughterhouse footage to even care. Rather, when we see slaughter footage, we are repulsed by it. A true omnivore or carnivore would salivate or get hungry.
See Milton R MIlls MD's graph here from his paper, 'The Comparative Anatomy of Eating' and decide for yourself how closely humans resemble bears, pigs, foxes, and other omnivores.
protein, calories, fat, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.
All of those things can be obtained via a plantbased diet and are in no way exclusive to animal products. Animal products are actually the most harmful way to get them, as they come with high cholesterol, excess saturated fat, sex- and growth hormones and other cancer and heart disease fueling content.
Food for thought.