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

post by DanielFilan · 2019-01-12T03:39:19.047Z · LW · GW · 1 comments

This is a question post.

Personal background for this question:

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?


answer by PeterMcCluskey · 2019-01-21T01:11:37.213Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

My guess, based on crude extrapolations from reported nutrients of other dried foods, is that you'll get half the nutrients of fresh mussels.

That ought to be a clear improvement on a vegan diet.

I suspect your main remaining reason for concern might be creatine.

My guesses about why vitamin pills tend to be ineffective (none of which apply to dried mussels):
* pills lack some important nutrients - ones which have not yet been recognized as important
* pills provide unnatural ratios of nutrients
* pills often provide some vitamins in a synthetic form, which not everyone converts to the biologically active form


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