The majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle.
- Michael Greger (M.D. and diet-based disease mastermind)- “How Not to Die” book and NutritionFacts.org.
- Modern day medicine is super good at treating temporary conditions but not chronic disease (…because the only way to solve THAT is preventative measures).
People who follow vegan diets are able to meet nutritional requirements for vitamins, fiber, and other macro/micro nutrients better than all other diet groups.
- Comparison of Nutritional Quality of the Vegan, Vegetarian, Semi-Vegetarian, Pesco-Vegetarian and Omnivorous Diet.
Some specific food problems:
- Processed Meat: The American Cancer Society (ACA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) classify this “food” as a Class 1 Carcinogen.
- That means it’s lumped in with phosphorus and shale oils…yum!
- Processed meat is any animal flesh that’s been changed from it’s natural state “through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation,” according to the WHO Report.
- ie. sausages, lunch meat, bacon, jerky
- Beef: Beef gets a little slack from the WHO and the ACA, who classify this meat into the “probably carcinogenic” category.
- Dairy: Can you think of another mammal that keeps drinking it’s mom’s milk past infancy? Much less ANOTHER mammal’s milk?! Dairy is scary.
- Mammal milk has a protein called “casomorphins,” which are opiod-like in structure and produce a similar-but-more-milk-effect; Their genetic basis is supposed to be to keep the infant latched on to the mother’s breast so they can survive past infancy.
- The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), who studied the chemical extensively, has a guide for “Three Steps to Fighting Cheese Addiction.“
- Eggs: A cholesterol problem. Period.
- The American Egg Board (yes, it’s a thing) isn’t allowed to advertise eggs as “nutritious”or “healthy” or any of those “buzzwords” because of the cholesterol and saturated fat content in eggs. It’s literally illegal and regulated by the USDA.
Going vegan offers a solution to all types of health woes:
- Weight Loss:
- Vegan diets result in more weight loss than any other dietary pattern.
- Vegan diets are naturally effective at reducing the amount of calories one consumes in a day.
- When trying to lose weight and address cardiovascular risk factors, vegan diets (specifically ones lower in fat) prove to be much more effective.
- Even when two groups eat the same number of calories, vegan groups in weight-loss studies have been found to lose a significant amount more weight.
- In cases of obesity/hypercholesterolemia: Vegan diets are better at lowering weight and/or cholesterol/blood sugar levels.
- In cases of Type 2 Diabetes: Vegan diets prove to cause more weight loss and a greater reduction in blood sugar levels than the diet recommended by the ADA; They’re also better than a low-fat conventional diets at lowering blood sugar and body weight.
- In cases of Osteoarthritis: Whole-foods vegan diets were proven to provide mitigation, especially in terms of energy level.
For myself, this information helps to provide a basis of facts large enough to shift my eating pattern to a permanently plant based one. However, dietary choices (like most health choices, in this regard) are both cultural and personal, and each individual deserves to make informed and individualized choices.