40 Year Vegan Dies of a Heart Attack! Why? 

The Omega-3 and B12 Myth 

The very dynamic and entertaining Dr Michael Greger outlines the surprising findings from recent large scale health studies. They show that the vast majority of vegan/vegetarians do not experience the huge health benefits that one would intuitively expect, when compared with their dairy and meat eating cousins. Dr Greger goes on to describe the simple steps that can be taken to transform the potential health benefits of eating a whole foods plant based diet into reality.

"40 Year Vegan Dies of a Heart Attack! Why?" is an absolutely must-watch video for all vegan/vegetarians who are interested in optimal health.

 

Diabetes & Autoimmune diseases

“Never before have we had the technology to measure the biomarkers associated with diabetes, and the evidence to show that blood sugar, blood cholesterol and insulin levels improve with a whole foods, plant-based diet than with any other treatment. Intervention studies show that Type 2 diabetics treated with a whole foods, plant-based diet may reverse their disease and go off their medications. A broad range of international studies shows that Type 1 diabetes, a serious autoimmune disease, is related to cow’s milk consumption and premature weaning. We now know how our autoimmune system can attack our own bodies through a process of molecular mimicry induced by animal proteins that find their way into our bloodstream. We also have tantalizing evidence linking multiple sclerosis with animal food consumption, and especially dairy consumption. Dietary intervention studies have shown that diet can help slow, and perhaps even halt, multiple sclerosis. We now have a deep and broad range of evidence showing that a whole foods, plant-based diet is best for diabetes and autoimmune diseases.”

The China Study (p349)
Professor T. Colin Campbell

Misconceptions about Olive Oil

This is a direct copy from Dr Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live Cookbook” and shows up yet another myth perpetuated by vested interest and poor science.

Eat to Live Cookbook

Eat to Live Cookbook

“No oil should be considered a health food. All oil, including olive oil, is 100 percent fat and contains 120 calories per tablespoon. Oil is high in calories, low in nutrients, and contains no fibre. Add a few tablespoons of oil to your salad or vegetable dish and you’ve added hundreds of wasted calories. It is the perfect food to help you put on unwanted and unhealthful pounds.

Oil is a processed food. When oil is chemically extracted from a whole food (such as olives, nuts, or seeds), it leaves behind (loses) the vast majority of micronutrients and becomes a fragmented food that contains little more than empty calories.

Foods rich in monounsaturated fats, like olive oil, are less harmful than foods full of saturated fats and trans fats, but being less harmful does not make them “healthful”. The beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet are not due to the consumption of olive oil; they are due to antioxidant-rich foods, including vegetables, fruits, and beans, as well as lots of onions and garlic. Eating a lot of any kind of oil means you’re eating a lot of empty calories, which leads to excess weight and can also lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and many forms of cancer.

You can add a little bit of olive oil to your diet if you are thin and exercise a lot. However, the more oil you add, the more you are lowering the nutrient-per-calorie density of your diet, and that is not your objective, as it will not promote health and longevity”