New converts to veganism need to be very conscious of the nutritional content of what they eat. Every vegan who fails to eat properly provides fuel for annoying anecdotes told by skeptical carnivores. These anecdotes vary with each telling, but usually sound something like this:
“You’re vegan? I knew a vegan once. She became very ill and her doctor told her to eat meat. Once she did, she felt much better. How do you get enough protein?”
To prevent myself from contributing to stories like this, which grate on the ears of healthy vegans everywhere, I am embarking on a continuing series of nutrition related posts. Today’s topic: Eggplant – do we really need it?
An informal survey conducted by The Recreational Vegan’s Quantitative Strategies Branch (QSB) suggests that many Torontonians believe that eggplant is a good source of nutrients. I contacted (read googled eggplant nutrients and found an article edited by) Jaime Ackerman, registered dietician and nutrition associate for Ohio State University Extension in the College of Human Ecology. What I found will shock many readers: eggplant is mostly water and does not contain a significant source of any nutrient.
Conclusion: it appears that many Torontonians have fallen victim to the marketing ploys of the eggplant industry. Eggplant – do we need it? No.
Next installment in this series: Kale – King of the Leafy Greens?