Ep10: Plant-based milks, vegan bone health and nutrient deficiencies in plant-based agriculture

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In this episode of VeganSci, we share a nutritional comparison of plant-based milks and cow’s milk, recent research into vegan bone health and a disturbing story about farmed fish.

We speak in-depth about research that calculates whether a fully plant-based agricultural system can meet the nutritional needs of the USA population. The same paper also measures the amount of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions that would be saved by removing all animal agricultural production.

You can find links to all of the research we discussed below.

Let us know if we missed anything, got something wrong or want clarification on any of the points discussed in the comments section below.

Quick Science

Paper 1  (4:58)

Title: How well do plant based alternatives fare nutritionally compared to cow’s milk?
AuthorsSai Kranthi Vanga and Vijaya Raghavan
JournalJournal of Food Science and Technology

Paper 2  (17:07)

Title: Bone turnover, calcium homeostasis, and vitamin D status in Danish vegans
AuthorsTue H. Hansen, Marie T. B. Madsen, Niklas R. Jørgensen, Arieh S. Cohen, Torben Hansen, Henrik Vestergaard, Oluf Pedersen & Kristine H. Allin
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Paper 3  (27:26)

Title: Rapid growth causes abnormal vaterite formation in farmed fish otoliths
AuthorsT. Reimer, T. Dempster, A. Wargelius, P. G. Fjelldal, T. Hansen, K. A. Glover, M. F. Solberg, S. E. Swearer
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology

In-depth Science

Paper 1  (36:56)

Title: Nutritional and greenhouse gas impacts of removing animals from US agriculture
AuthorsRobin R. White and Mary Beth Hall
Journal: PNAS