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Does freeze-dried mussel powder have good stuff that vegan diets don't?

byDanielFilan6d12th Jan 2019No comments

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Personal background for this question:

  • I'm a vegan for ethical reasons, meaning that I don't want to contribute to the farming of beings that can suffer.
  • I think that oysters and mussels probably aren't sentient.
  • Oysters and mussels seem pretty disgusting to me.
  • I would like to be healthy.
  • I am already taking B12 and Omega-3 supplements.

Oysters and mussels seem like they might have important nutrients that one otherwise can't get in a vegan diet without supplementation, just because that animals are different to plants/fungi/etc., and humans ate animals in the EEA. However, due to their disgustingness, I can't quite bring myself to eat them.

Luckily, it turns out that one can buy capsules that contain freeze-dried green-lipped mussel powder. I'm pretty excited about this prospect, but am somewhat worried that the freeze-drying and powderifying process would destroy various nutrients, or render them mysteriously ineffective in the ways that I gather vitamin pills are mysteriously less effective than vitamins in food. I also imagine that maybe the really important nutrients are only found in (say) land mammals. Can anybody shed light on this?