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Does Warren Buffett's daily breakfast of a McDonald's sausage and egg biscuit tell us anything about the claims of veganism and health?

Asked by Aster (19062points) 3 weeks ago

I hope I asked this so it makes sense. He’s in his seventies, one of the top four wealthiest billionaires in America and shows no signs of health problems or weakening. Are we being fed a line of crap (pardon the pun) about what we should be eating to be healthy? He also has a Coke with his breakfast.

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zenvelo's avatar

No. He may be in his seventies, but he is not a paragon of health.

Aster's avatar

Do you know anything specific about his health status @zenvelo ?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Nothing wrong with a biscuit, a piece of sausage and an egg for breakfast. I, personally, usually avoid pork because it’s so fattening overall, but if I was in good shape it wouldn’t hurt me.

I think America’s biggest problem is simply eating too damn much.

jca2's avatar

Maybe Warren Buffet eats those things for breakfast and the rest of the day he eats really healthily, for example salads, veggies and fruit.

jca2's avatar

I just googled the nutrition info for a Sausage McMuffin which is what I think this is. It’s 400 calories which is not awful but it’s 25 gm of fat. Max intake for a man his age is about 14 gm per day, so he’s getting a lot of fat from that one food item per day alone. If he eats other fat during the day, he’s getting a lot of fats in his diet.

Dutchess_III's avatar

She said it was a sausage, egg biscuit. There is a pretty good sized calorie difference between that and a sausage McMuffin. Also, the Sausage McMuffin doesn’t include an egg. Over all it’s much closer to 600 calories.
150 for the biscuit
100 for the egg
100 for the cheese
200 for the sausage
a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit is just about the most fattening thing on their breakfast menu. But if you’re in good shape it certainly won’t hurt you.

josie's avatar

Where is the science that says veganism results on a longer healthier life

Plus Buffet is 88.

I will take 88 any day

canidmajor's avatar

Good health is way more about overall lifestyle than if one has MacDonalds for breakfast every day.
A vegan diet is not an absolute indicator of good heath, some people don’t thrive or are even made ill by a diet completely devoid of animal proteins.
A diet high in meat and fat is not necessarily detrimental to good health, communities that live in the Arctic Circle thrive on it.

What Warren Buffet has for breakfast really should not be taken as a guide for anyone.

jca2's avatar

I don’t know Warren Buffet personally but being that he’s an elderly man, I’d say this food is not good for him. However, who knows what he eats the rest of the day, as I said. Maybe he’s on a shitload of cholesterol medication which may help him.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You also can not point at one person’s eating habits and say that makes a blanket claim about the eating habits of an entire group of people. Maybe that’s the only thing he eats all day. Rick’s dad is 94 and he barely eats enough to keep a sparrow alive, but he’s in pretty good shape anyway.

Dutchess_III's avatar

And now I’m going to throw down some grass seed then I’m off to McDs for an Egg McMuffin! (Made fresh.) It’s been a while since I had one.

jca2's avatar

Good point, @Dutchess_III. Also, being a bit cynical, who knows if he really eats this way or if he’s on the board for McD’s or trying to up their stock price for some reason.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think you guys gave me that distinction, LOL!

Darth_Algar's avatar

Attempting to use a singular example as evidence of anything is problematic.

kritiper's avatar

You’re using only one individual as an example. Like a 100 year old man who smoked a cigar every day of his adult life.

zenvelo's avatar

@Dutchess_III you should have stuck with the egg McMuffin instead of the Quarter Pounde with cheese…

JLeslie's avatar

There are all sorts of studies that show low animal diets are better for heart health and even cancer risk, BUT genetics are the biggest factor in my opinion, and many studies show similarly. Moreover, high stress has been shown to shorten lives for multiple reasons. He does not have one of the biggest stressors most people have, he doesn’t have to worry about money.

If I eat an egg every day my cholesterol is over 300, a friend of mine, hers is 170. He might be lucky in the genetic pool.

Some people eat sugar and they have zero problems with blood glucose, others get diabetes and then from complications secondary to diabetes lose their sight or foot or die from it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

No joke @zenvelo. Anybody want half a quarter pounder?

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

So many variables: genetics, gut bacteria, level of physical activity, stress and on, and on and on…. I certainly don’t eat one of those things everyday for breakfast.

kritiper's avatar

You ever see those picture etchings people get on their headstones? Mine will be a hamburger and fries.

JLeslie's avatar

I just had 3 large slices of pizza, 2 hamentashen cookies, and ¾ caffeine free Coke ¼ reg Coke (about 12 oz total). Not any better than a sausage biscuit or cheeseburger and fries. Lol. McDonald’s gets a bad rap (is it wrap?) in my opinion. I don’t think their food is any worse than most restaurants out there. It’s hard to get healthy food in a restaurant. Any restaurant.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s technically “rep.” Short for “reputation,” but we changed it to “rap.” Like a rap sheet, I guess.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What kind of pizza?

LostInParadise's avatar

This reminds me of stories of people smoking a pack a day and living to be one hundred. A sample size of one is not statistically significant. Diet is only one factor determining how healthy a person is. The statistical evidence, using reasonable sample sizes, says that health is improved by cutting back on fatty meats and eating more fruits and vegetables.

JLeslie's avatar

@Dutchess_III Plain cheese pizza. They didn’t bother with a variety of pizzas, and they try not to put pork on anything they serve, even though they did serve deli sandwiches with cheese on them last month I think, so the kosher-esque thing is sketchy. I’m pretty sure I had to pick cheese off the sandwich? I don’t like cold cheese on anything.

It was a “club” monthly meeting, The Kibitzers. This month they did bingo, last month they had a comedian. It’s different every month. I think there weee about 180 people there. You can see photos on my Facebook. I’ll tag you.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh, I was thinking pork, but not for kosher reasons. I try to avoid pork, although I love a good rib and a good sausage now and then. But generally, for pizza, I go with veggies or…..PINEAPPLE!!

JLeslie's avatar

Kibitzers, a Yiddish word meaning people who talk too much and critique other people when not necessarily asked. It tends to be very loosely used for any time people are standing around talking too long or gossiping. As in a husband might say to his wife who is talking to a girlfriend “stop your kibitzing, I want to go home,” when his patience is running thin.

Basically, the club is full of a bunch of Jewish people.

Aster's avatar

If I had a sausage and egg biscuit right now I’d put strawberry preserves inside it. Oh, well.
I agree that longevity is mostly genetic.

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