字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント A headline circulating around says that eggs, meat and dairy are essential for brain development. So what does this mean for vegetarians and vegans? Anthony, here, for DNews. And on the sliding scale of vegetarianism, I'm kind of like beginner to middle. I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, which means I eat eggs and dairy, but no other animal products. And then on the far end, of course, you have vegans who don't eat any animal products at all. It's tricky to stay healthy as a vegetarian or a vegan, because you've always got to watch what you're eating and make sure you get replacement sources for everything you'd normally get from an animal. Except a new study from the University of Montreal is going around online saying there's a nutrient only found in meat, eggs and dairy that's essential for brain development. It's called asparagine. It is an amino acid that we've always considered an essential to get through our diet. It's one of the 20 most common amino acids on earth. Amino acids are used to make the proteins that you need to survive. They're responsible for strength, repair and rebuilding inside your body. The asparagine is mostly involved with the development and operation of your nerves. Our liver actually makes a lot of it out of other amino acids automatically, enough to provide for our whole body. So here's where the study's framing and headline sort of fall apart, compared to the actual content. Even though just about all of us make enough asparagine automatically, there is a small percentage of the population with a genetic defect that causes them to not make as much as everyone else, which can lead to severe intellectual disability and even atrophy in their brain. It just doesn't grow or change. The headline seems to imply that if you have this defect, you will need eggs, meat and dairy. So a vegan or vegetarian diet could be dangerous. First of all, how rare is this defect? Well, so far only nine children around the world have been found to have it. And in those children, the addition of asparagine in the diet can help boost the amount in their body and get more of it across the blood brain barrier, which could counteract the effects of the genetic issue. So it seems like being vegan would only be dangerous for those people, right? Well, not even that. See while the headline calls out meat, eggs and dairy, remember that asparagine is one of the most common amino acids on earth. It's also in whole grains, legumes, soy, basically the staples of a vegan diet. I love saying the word legume. So if you're a veggiesaurus and you're seeing this story floating around, and it got you nervous. Don't worry. Your brain is fine. Well, as fine as it ever was. I cannot speak for how your brain was before. Though if your friends are like mine, they think your brain is crazy and the only cure is bacon. And I don't think there's any research that will ever change that. What food myths are floating around that drive you nuts? Is there anything you wanted to know about food that you'd like us to clear up for you? Let us know down below, and subscribe for more DNews.