Tapeworm said:A few points:-
1. If you had never eaten meat would you ever get a craving for it? (I know I haven't, lifelong vege here, n=1 so far)
2. Calorie intake from non-meat sources is actually one of the key points to rising obesity levels etc, highly refined sources such as high fructose corn syrup etc. So a claim that is hard to meet calorific intake is incorrect. Try getting enough carbs from meat alone!
3. Yes a balanced diet is best. Its just that is doens't HAVE to include meat or animal products. But if it does then so be it.
I defintely give u #1, although maybe vegans crave something and are not sure how to identify it. Possible.
#2 I was referring to another posters comments about plant based food.
I guess technically highly processed foods can be plant based such as high fructose corn syrup. But as the original comment was in regards to the vast amount of fiber involved i really can't give you #2 sorry.
#3. Balance, great we agree. I think you would have a hard time getting your heme iron without meat. Most vegans & vegetarians that i know have a very anemic look to their complexion. I am not saying you cannot be healthy without animal products, If you can more power to you.