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Charles Barkley Legitimately Thinks Vegetarians Don’t Exist, Here’s His Explanation

It was a crazy night on TNT’s Inside The NBA, Thursday, as Shaquille O’Neal damn near burned his face off with the One Chip Challenge, and Charles Barkley adamantly claimed that vegetarians do not exist.

Yeah, I know, you’re feeling a bit perplexed by that statement, but he did not shy away from an explanation, saying, “Vegetarians, that’s not a thing. Nobody doesn’t like meat. Just because they say it, doesn’t make it true.”

Um, no, Chuck. That’s literally a vegetarian—someone who doesn’t like meat.

This might be more ridiculous than flat Earth theories that circled the NBA last year, and the worst part is that Barkley seemed dead serious. He casually made the statement, and tried to continue with his basketball analysis, like if he didn’t just say something that was bat-sh*t crazy.

Co-host Ernie Johnson didn’t let it die, though, circling back and asking Barkley, “You don’t think there are actually vegetarians?” and Sir Charles didn’t stutter, repeating, “There’s no such thing as a vegetarian, nobody doesn’t like meat, Ernie.”

Well, OK then. I can only imagine the conversation he’s going to have with PETA after they come after him and protest the hell out of the TNT studio.

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Study Shows Vegetarian Men Are More Likely To Be Depressed Than Meat-Eating Men

I have a lot of vegan and vegetarian friends, and one argument they hate to deal with is the lack of B12 argument.

Well, here it is again, and this time researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. found that male vegetarians are twice as likely to develop depression because of the lack of B12 vitamins and iron, which often affects mental health, according to the July 28 study titled “Vegetarian diets and depressive symptoms among men.”

The UK study was conducted on 9,668 adult men who identified as vegan or vegetarian. It showed that about 50 percent of vegan men, and seven percent of vegetarians had a vitamin B12 deficiency, and the longer they were vegan and vegetarian, the more likely they were to suffer from depression.

Not only are B12 vitamins not naturally produced by the body, but plants don’t make them either, so we often have to look for foods that come from animals and supplements to get our fix.

 
The lack of B12 argument has been backed before by the Harvard Medical Health blog, saying that a “severe vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to deep depression, paranoia and delusions, memory loss, incontinence,” among other problems.

Of course, meat isn’t the only source of iron and vitamin B12, as it can easily be taken with over the counter supplements, so this study should serve more as awareness that the deficiency exists and is known to have negative consequences. It shouldn’t stop anyone from being vegan or vegetarian, just make sure you get your vitamins in.

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New Studies Show That a Vegetarian Diet Does Something TERRIBLE to Men

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The general belief is that vegetarians are usually healthier. However, studies conducted in the U.S. are showing some detrimental side-effects to the sperm of male vegetarians.

In an experiment done by researchers at Loma Linda University, 443 meat-eaters and 31 vegetarians and vegans were monitored between 2009 and 2013. They initially assumed vegetarians’ sperm would be healthy, but here’s what they found, according to lead study author Eliza Orzylowska:

“We found that diet does significantly affect sperm quality. Vegetarian and vegan diets were associated with much lower sperm counts than omnivorous diets. Although these people are not infertile, it is likely to play a factor in conception, particularly for couples who are trying to conceive naturally, the old-fashioned way.”

They also found that vegetarians had 30 percent lower concentrations of sperm (50 million per milliliter versus 70 million) and that their sperm was also weaker in terms of movement. For vegetarians, only 30 percent of their sperm were active, as compared to 60 percent of their meat-eating counterparts.

One of the theories they came up with blamed vegetarians’ high consumption of soy. In a study done three years ago, soy was discovered to shrink sperm count due to its high content of phyto-estrogen, which is similar to a female hormone that blocks sperm production.

“For children who have grown up with those kind of diets, it may have impacted on sperm quality from puberty,” said Orzylowska.

“It’s hard to tell people not to be vegetarians if they are trying to conceive, but I would caution against using soy, at least for 74 days beforehand, which is the time it takes for sperm to be replaced.“

Another explanation was the shortage of vitamin B12 in a vegetarian/vegan diet. B12 helps break down estrogen, which helps maintain a high sperm count. This vitamin is found mainly in beef and fish.

Lastly, in an independent study done at Harvard and published by the American Society for Reproductive medicine, they found that pesticides could be a factor in decreased fertility for men.

In this study, scientists studied the sperm of 155 men at the Massachusetts General Hospital between 2007 and 2012 and measured how much fruit they consumed. They found that men who consumed mostly fruit and vegetables with high pesticide residue had a 70 percent smaller active sperm count and 64 percent smaller count of normally-shaped sperm compared to men who ate fruits and vegetables least tainted with pesticides.

For anyone that’s vegetarian or vegan, do these studies make you think twice about your diet? Make some noise in the comments below!

Source: RT

Originally written by Jake Smith for NextShark

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Survey Says 60% of Self-Proclaimed Vegetarians Ate Meat Yesterday

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Pretty much every vegetarian has been accused of eating meat on the sly — which makes sense, since most meat eaters can’t picture life without steak (or hamburgers, or hot dogs, or bacon) and have a hard time understanding a voluntarily vegetarian lifestyle. But if you accuse a vegetarian of pounding down veal burgers during their off hours, chances are you’ll be met with some serious kale-fueled rage that’ll take a bucketful of bacon to forget. Pro tip: Next time, just skip the fuss and assume they’re lying. In fact, go ahead and assume that they ate meat yesterday. You’d probably be right. 

Let’s break down the facts, shall we? A poll conducted by CNN surveyed 10,000 Americans about their eating habits, and roughly 6% of the respondents self-identified as vegetarians. The researchers then asked individuals to describe their eating habits, and 60% of the “vegetarians” reported having eaten meat within the last twenty-four hours. Okay, that could’ve have been a fluke (or just a really, really dumb sample group). Then the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted a similar study. This time, they telephoned approximately 13,000 Americans, and 3% claimed to be vegetarians. When they followed up a week later, 66% of the self-proclaimed veggie-lovers had eaten meat the day before.

The study speculated that the disconnect might be happening because different people have different definitions of “vegetarianism” despite the pretty obvious “no meat of any kind” definition that can be found in every dictionary and search engine. We’re just going to go ahead and call bullish*t on so-called vegetarians who claim veggie cred while sneaking fish filets under the table. Here’s the takeaway: Next time you meet a vegetarian preaching about the benefits of a flesh-free lifestyle, make sure you get up real close and personal while they’re lecturing. We’re betting their breath will smell like bacon.

H/T Psychology Today + PicThx PaleoHacks