There is a growing mountain of scientific evidence that points towards a whole food plant based diet. It is very empowering when you realise you don’t have to be one of the herd running towards the cliff edge and to recognize you are in a system that is based on Profits and that is why you have been conditioned by cooking shows, media, government relationships with industry, restaurants and by what you grew up with. To move towards a plant based diet just start “crowding out” the bad foods and replace them with the good ones. Try a new recipe once a week, most of us are creatures of habit and like the same meals over again. You don’t have to learn 100`s of recipes, just a few that you like and once you have made them a few times it will become very easy! Clean out your panty and get rid of processed refined & junk foods, invest in some large glass jars for storing legumes, rice etc. and batch cook and freeze for convenience. Although it does take some effort and commitment It really is easier than you think and the health benefits are enormous.You will find the more high nutrient foods you eat the less cravings you will have as your body will be satisfied on a cellular level. Many people are overfed but malnourished and this is the platform for a myriad of diseases to develop.
The World Health Organisation have published the finding that red meat is a carcinogen and in particular processed red meat like bacon, salami etc., they have placed it on the same level as asbestos and smoking. There is very strong, sound scientific evidence that clearly shows that all animal foods should be declared a carcinogen - Professor Colin Campbell recently presented his many decades of research to the European Parliament. Campbell "There are 1000`s of studies that show plants are protective but there are no studies that show animal foods are protective - not a single one"
There are no studies that have confirmed a protective effect of animal based foods. Recently there was a summary done of 144 studies that have showed a very significant protective effect of fruits and vegetables on the human body. There are 10,000`s of plant chemicals that scientists have not yet discovered that act in synergy to deliver the nutrients we need to be healthy. It is a very complex nutrient structure that nature has already sorted - we do not need to examine one microscopic aspect but to embrace the whole and we will get the right nutrients in the right amounts to live a full and healthy life in harmony with other species & with significant environmental benefits.
The World Cancer Research report 1997 states "Evidence that plants based foods protect & animal based foods enhance breast cancer is now convincing, however substantial benefit requires substantial shift to plant based foods." The weight of evidence from the growing mountain of nutrition research from all over the world all points towards a whole food plant based diet to meet all of out nutrient requirements.
T. Colin Campbell (born, January 1, 1934) is a PHD Nutritional Biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.
"The scientific evidence for a plant based diet simply can no longer be ignored. Cancer can be switched on/off through diet, "The China Study and the lifelong research conducted by T. Colin Campbell & his team which is considered to be the "Grand Prix" of epidemiology. It is the most comprehensive study of diet and nutrition ever undertaken. Author of 300 research papers, 50 years of research into cancer & nutrition, the book "The China Study". I find it appalling that medical & health professionals still choose to ignore this compelling scientific research.
Campbell has become known for his advocacy of a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet. He is the author of over 300 research papers on the subject, and two books, Whole (2013), and The China Study (2005, co-authored with his son), which became one of America's best-selling books about nutrition. Campbell featured in the 2011 American documentary, Forks Over Knives.
Campbell was one of the lead scientists in the 1980s of the China–Oxford–Cornell study on diet and disease, set up in 1983 by Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine to explore the relationship between nutrition and cancer, heart and metabolic diseases. The study was described by The New York Times as "the Grand Prix of epidemiology."
“The current hype about the “Paleo Diet” is not based on accurate science. Paleo man skeletons all over the world have fossilised grains in their teeth & there is evidence that they processed the grains/legumes by grinding. Starch is a very important part of our diet & whole grains play an important part in feeding our gut microbes. Humans have 6 x more enzyme amylase to digest starch that chimpanzee (our closest relative), our ability to digest starch enabled us to move out of the jungle and travel across the globe. We are meant to eat starch”