YES, eating vegan is healthy!
- The American Dietetics Association (the largest organization of nutrition professionals focused on research, education, and advocacy), has assured us that eating a meat-free diet (vegetarian) or animal-product free diet (vegan) is totally healthy in their report, “Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets.”
- They say that “appropriately planned” vegetarian and vegan diets are “healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
- These diets work for all stages of life: “pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
- There are evidence-based disease prevention and overall health benefits to these diets— including tending to have a “lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates.”
Diet and lifestyle can be… deadly?!
- … what?! Michael Greger, M.D., discusses this in his daily life, at NutritionFacts.org., and in his book, “How Not to Die.”
- The premise is that the majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle, as opposed to modern medicine’s back-end approach.
- Modern medicine is treats temporary conditions, but not chronic disease. The only way to “solve” chronic disease is create an environment where it cannot happen… with preventative measures.
Some animal-product issues:
- Processed meat is classified as a Class 1 Carcinogen (the top carcinogen).
- According to The American Cancer Society (ACA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Processed meat is defined as any animal flesh that’s been changed from its natural state by “salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation,” according to the WHO Report.
- ie. sausages, lunch meat, bacon, jerky
- Mammal milk has a protein called “casomorphins.” These are very much like an opiod in chemical structure.
- Casomorphins produce a milder but similar addictive quality as opiods, and were likely a genetic adaptation to keep an infant latched to a mother for milk (and to keep asking for more).
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:
- 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.
- 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.