Vegan Blood Test Results
There are many myths circulating around about the health levels of the vegan community. Vegans are people who view both human and non-human animals as beings to be treated with respect and fairness. They believe that all beings are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I wanted to clarify that before we talk about what vegans eat. When it comes to what diet vegans have, they have a complete plant-based diet.
A person can have a plant-based diet, but not necessarily have the same ethical outlook on animal welfare, so it is not applicable to call their diet a “vegan diet.” They simply eat 100% plant-based; they live a vegan lifestyle and have vegan moral/ethics.
Now, as many of you may know by now that I am a vegan. This little blood update is solely for educational purposes, and to enlighten people of the nutritional effects one can get on a complete plant-based lifestyle. This is to blur the stigma that society has about cutting animal byproducts out of their diet. This isn’t about ethics, or morals; this is simply about the factual evidence I am willing to release on a public domain in order to provide legitimate research for society to review.
*I became vegetarian in late August 2010, then became a vegan in October 2010 at age 17. These blood tests were taken March 2015.
The way that you read the test is as follows:
Units show what my nutrition level is.
Ref Rng (Reference Range) shows the “safe zone,” or otherwise healthy range for a particular nutrient/vitamin.
What you’re seeing at the very top of this test is an allergy test. I have a moderate allergy to shellfish. I got it done to prevent any medical facility from injecting me with vaccines and/or medicines containing shellfish/fish.
Calcium: There is a myth that humans need cow’s milk to get calcium. Calcium is a trace mineral of the earth, and can be found in foods such as collard greens, kale, figs, rhubarb, dates and more. Check out the list of vegetables and fruits to include their calcium content here:
- Calcium from vegetables – http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-calcium-vegetables.php
Calcium from fruits – http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-calcium-fruits.php
Glucose: Glucose is one of the primary molecules which serve as energy sources for plants and animals. Since it is a pure form of sugar, you can find this naturally occurring in foods such as fruits, grains and vegetables. Feel free to do your own research, but I am going to provide a non-biased article here:
- Glucose from fruits and vegetables –http://www.livestrong.com/article/523789-the-glucose-and-fructose-content-composition-of-fruits-and-vegetables/
Potassium: As many of you already know that bananas are the all-star of the fruits known for potassium, but they aren’t the highest source. There are many other fruits high in potassium. I would like to also add that, yes, you can get potassium from eating
meat, but that isn’t what this article is about. To be fair, and to provide impartial information, I will provide both a list of fruits containing potassium, and a list of meats that contain potassium:
- Potassium from fruits – http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-potassium-fruits.php
Potassium from meats – http://www.livestrong.com/article/83030-meats-high-potassium/
Protein: While the most common substance to get protein from comes in a shake form, or from
meat products, you can actually get ALL the protein you need for your body type (and then some) from vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, beans, etc. Considering that it’s commonly known that meats are high in protein, I will not be providing nutrition links for meats. I will, however, provide a link to many plant-based sources in which anyone can obtain their suggested intake:
- Protein from fruits and vegetables – http://www.livestrong.com/article/377711-list-of-fruits-and-vegetables-that-are-high-in-protein/
Protein from plant-based shakes – http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/10-best-tasting-vegan-protein-powders.html
Sodium: The mineral is most commonly obtained from salts used for seasoning food. While plants and fruits are very low in sodium, our bodies intake sodium easily. There are many foods that have naturally-occurring sodium, so there needn’t be a worry of not meeting the proper requirement for this. Iodine is a naturally occurring nutrient in salt, but not in sufficient amounts.
Table salts are usually fortified with Iodine, so if this is something you are worried about, then eat foods with naturally-occuring iodine, or get fortified foods/condiments. Iodine added to salt is at best about 10% bio-available — which means that if you consume 100 micrograms, your body will only be able to use 10 micrograms. Iodine that occurs naturally in food is almost 100% bio-available. (I love sea vegetables.)
- Iodine from natural sources – http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=69
Vitamin B12: This is a vitamin also known as cobalamins. This isn’t as tricky as people make it out to be. Bacteria are the only things that produce B12. I will share two articles that will provide vegans with great information, yet another link to show the non-vegan sources of obtaining B12. The reason being that silken tofu is in the top 5 sources. (I love tofu.)
- Vitamin B12 from top 10 sources – http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-vitamin-B12.php
Vitamin B12 from plant-based sources (only) – http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/vegansources
Vitamin D: This vitamin is rarely found in natural food sources, and is mainly absorbed from the sun. There are many foods and beverages fortified with vitamin D, but it is naturally obtained while allowing the sun rays to hit your skin. You can still obtain vitamin D if you have sunblock/sunscreen on.
*The reason my vitamin D level is low is because I have been living in Alaska for the past three years, and in the late fall and winter seasons, there is very little sunlight. Some days consist of 3 hours of sunlight. Lack of vitamin D is common in residents of Alaska for this reason. The Nutritionist just advised that I take supplements, but I am just going to make it a priority to get some sun.
Iron: The most efficient way to get this nutrient is from
meat, but in a plant-based diet, you can easily get your iron fill. Some of the foods are so common that some of you would be shocked to find out. Things like Spirulina and Blackstrap molasses aren’t so common, are they? With that being mentioned; apricots, soybeans, tofu and pumpkin seeds are. There are more where that came from.
- Iron from plant-based foods – http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-top-vegan-iron-sources.html
As you can see, both my good and bad cholesterol is in a perfect range.
LDL cholesterol is the “bad” cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol is the “good” cholesterol.
I’ve cropped out the facility’s address, my social security number, military information, and Physician’s name because they are all classified info under military law.
I really hope this enlightened you that vegans can, in fact, live off of a plant-based diet. You can’t say I didn’t provide proof of my health. I should disclose that I do exercise regularly every week; some weeks I exercise every day including weekends.
This can range from cardio to weight lifting. The concept of health is using your body’s strength without destroying it, and fueling it with the proper nutrients. As long as you get the nutrients you need, and stay away from the bad poisons like LDL cholesterol, copious amounts of sugar and caffeine, and some other trademark ingredients, then you’ll be at optimum health. I am in no way stating that I am the healthiest example of a vegan, or of any person on this planet, but I believe I am the healthiest I have been, and amongst the healthier population of the earth.
This entry was to strip away the moral and ethical views behind veganism, and simply look at the scientific facts of nutrition. Vegans eat a 100% plant-based diet. The term “vegan” should not be confused with “vegetarian,” or someone who simply eats a plant-based diet. This article provided non-biased information, but was focused on displaying a testimony of a plant-based diet.
Vegans have different ethics and morals than someone who views animals as food, entertainment, labor workers, and products. Vegans view fellow beings as others that are due their respect, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.