Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One more reason

If I wasn't already vegan for the animals I think reading The China Study would have turned me to veganism. I didn't realise there was so much research out there showing that a whole food, plant based diet is so beneficial to health (and how meat and dairy are connected to so many illnesses). It's unfortunate that drug companies and industries based on animal foods try to keep this information from being common knowledge. Even most doctors have very little background in nutrition and would rather push drugs (that don't actually seem to give that much hope) instead of encouraging a patient to change their diet. It seems ridiculous that there is a lot of research showing that a whole foods, plant based diet can actually reverse heart disease but doctors are unwilling to share (or don't even know) this information and instead a patient is prescribed drugs for their lifetime or surgery that may not be necessary if they changed their diet. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about the relationship between diet and disease (heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and autoimmune diseases).


Theresa said...

I really liked that book, too. Although I am a fan of the animal rights argument for veganism, I think a strength of that book is that it disregards it - it got my hackles up when I first read it, but now I can see the benefit. People will be less likely to write it off as shonky science, hopefully. Anyways, it makes me feel much, much better about all the vegan foods that are supposedly maybe bad for us - soy, sugar, coconut oil. They sure aren't as bad as animal protein!

Heidi said...

I just started to read this book. Nothing too shocking though, maybe because I have read other books about how people get their burgers and dairy products. But it IS A MUST HAVE to read!
Happy to be vegan :)