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(article, Culinate staff)
The New York Times recently rehashed the old vegan debate: Is it really possible to be healthy on a vegan diet? And if so, is it healthier than other kinds of diets? Health blogger Tara Parker-Pope buzzed about it on the Well blog, and the Room for Debate department chewed it over, too, with panelists ranging from pro-meat Nina Planck to pro-vegan Rip Esselstyn. In addition to the usual arguments for and against meat (ethics, health, tradition), the former vegan Rhys Southan noted a slightly less familiar wrinkle: folks allergic to common vegan staples such as soy, gluten, and nuts will find a vegan diet especially challenging.