Since the ground-breaking book The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, and many other well-researched papers by others, there has been growing evidence by a series of particularly American-based doctors of the benefits of a whole foods plant based diet.

Benefits include the attainment and maintenance of a healthy body weight. Whether that be an increase in weight for those who are chronically under weight or a decrease in weight for the opposite extreme. 

Clearing the arteries of fatty plaques and therefore increasing their stretch and flexibility, can eliminate the major risk of heart attacks and strokes, especially in mid to later years. This can also improve athletic performance and the ability to remain active for longer as we age.

There is growing evidence that a whole foods plant based diet decreases the risk of Alzheimer's and dementia in general.

It can help maintain a healthy skeletal structure and eliminate the chances of developing osteoporosis as we age.

With the increase in bulk and fibre passing through the alimentary tract, cleaning and clearing as they pass through, bowel movements become regular, absorption of nutrients is increased and the likelihood of developing bowel cancer is hugely reduced.

Evidence is also accumulating to show that cancer is largely preventable with a major reduction or elimination of animal protein intake. The 20 year China Study plus much recent research continues to implicate animal protein with cancer.

Diabetes, which is now recognised by all as a diet-related disease, is totally preventable and in most cases even reversible on a whole foods plant based diet.

This website is the inspiration of Paul Lamb, who said, "I have treated several people with Motor Neurone Disease as an Occupational Therapist over the years (all of whom died within 6 to 12 months of first diagnosis) and lost a close friend to the disease. Every day of my working life I have seen people debilitated with chronic diseases that I am convinced are not only largely preventable but often reversible with a change of eating habits and lifestyle."

 

List of benefits from whole foods plant based diet

There are no nutrients necessary for optimal human functioning which cannot be obtained from plant food.

Animal foods are much higher in fat than most plant foods, particularly saturated fats. Plants do not contain cholesterol.

Except for the b-complex, meat is largely deficient in vitamins and carbohydrates.

Being higher on the food chain, animal foods contain far higher concentrations of agricultural chemicals than plant foods, including pesticides and herbicides, etc.

There are over 20,000 different drugs, including sterols, antibiotics, growth hormones and other veterinary drugs that are given to livestock animals. These drugs are consumed when animal foods are consumed. The dangers herein, in secondary consumption of antibiotics, are well documented.

There are a host of bacteria and viruses, worms and parasites, some quite dangerous, that are common to animals. When you eat meat, you eat the (pathogenic) organisms in the meat. Micro-organisms are present in plant foods too, but their number and danger to human health is by no means comparable to that of those in meat.

Plant foods last longer (shelf life) than animal foods. Ever hear of someone getting sick from "bad broccoli"? Try leaving out a head of lettuce and a pound of meat for 2 days, which will make you sick?

Meat eating increases the risk of heart disease, this country's (Australia's) #1 killer. The correlation is an epidemiological fact.

Of all the natural cancer prevention substances found: vitamin C, B-17, hydroquionenes, beta carotene, NDGA, - none has been found to be animal derived. Yet most meats, when cooked, produce an array of benzenes and other carcinogenic compounds. Soybeans contain protease inhibitor, a powerful anticancer compound. (See: The China Study).

Disease inducing: the correlation between meat consumption and a wide range of degenerative diseases is well founded and includes…

- Osteoporosis 

- Kidney Stones and Gallstones 

- Diabetes 

- Multiple Sclerosis 

- Arthritis 

- Gum Disease 

- Acne (aggravated by animal food)

- Obesity (studies confirm that vegetarians tend to be thinner)

- Intestinal Toxemia

The condition of the intestinal flora is critical to overall health. Animal products putrefy the colon. 

Wholesome food travels quickly (transit time) through the "G.I" tract, leaving little time to spoil and incite disease within the body.

Fibre absorbs unwanted, excess fats; cleans the intestines; provides bulk and aids in peristalsis. Plant food is high in fibre content; meat, poultry and dairy products have none.

Food from animals contain their body wastes, including adrenaline, uric and lactic acid, etc. Before adding sauce, the biggest contributors to the "flavour profile" of a hamburger are the leftover blood and urine.

The average Australian eats 400% of the RDA for protein (excess protein). This causes excess nitrogen in the blood that creates a host of long-term health problems. Also, high animal protein consumption, especially dairy, has been shown to leach Calcium from bones leading to Osteoporosis.

To increase ones risk of getting degenerative disease means decreasing ones chance to live a naturally long healthy life (longevity). Huzas and other people with large centenarian populations maintain lifestyles that are relatively meat free.

You will feel and look better (well being) on a well maintained vegetarian diet

Food costs: vegetarian foods generally cost less than meat based items.

There are vegetable based easy substitutes for every meat product imaginable.

For more detail on health benefits, check out the knowledge base under our “How” drop-down menu above, which will be regularly updated.