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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

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Ayln

AFAIK, the only kind of fat that can be fried and not turn rancid is saturated fat. If vegetarians and/or vegans (which isn't a healthy lifestyle anyway) are offended by the use of beef tallow or lard, then palm (kernel) oil or coconut oil can be substituted. Otherwise, don't fry at all.

Scott

Eating vegetarian or vegan can be healthy or unhealthy, just as eating a diet with meat and animal products can be.

Ayln

I'm fine with lacto-ovo vegetarians, but anyone who shuns animal products entirely is going to have some serious problems - vitamin B12 is ONLY present in animal products and deficiencies can lead to anemia and a host of other problems. There were two parents a while back who fed their baby on a vegan diet; even though the baby was breast-fed, the mother had no available B-12 with which to give the baby and consequently the baby had an abnormally low weight and height for its age range. If a vegan lifestyle was healthy, then even babies can live on it, but, apparently, they can't.

Scott

B12 deficiency is a serious problem, but vegans can get adequate supplies of B12 though supplements and B12-fortified food.

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