Did you know that people in Okinawa are one of the nations with the longest lifespan? Their diet is almost completely based on plants.
This phenomenon can be found in both humans and animals. Animals such as turtles or elephants have the longest lifespan of all, whereas some of the Earth’s strongest mammals are herbivores.
The most common causes of death are directly connected to animal protein intake.
Countries which use animal protein the most have the highest rate of cancer and heart diseases. There are thousands of studies confirming this. Animal products contain cholesterol (LDL cholesterol – “bad cholesterol”) which cannot be found in plant based products.
It is important to emphasize that it is virtually impossible to have a protein deficit with the average calorie intake, whereas over 97% of Americans have a fiber deficit (both soluble and insoluble), which is found in plant-based food only.
It is also interesting that an average omnivore (a person who eats both plants and animals) is deficient in 9 nutrients (nutritional deficiency), whereas vegans are deficient in only 4 nutrients. These numbers are representative of the situation in the USA, even though it is almost the same in the Western Europe.
American Dietetic Association, known today as the Academy for Dietetics and Nutrition is the biggest legitimate and peer-reviewed body dealing with diet in the USA. It consists of certified food and nutrition professionals. Over 10 years ago, they stated that their position on veganism is that an appropriate vegan diet is healthful and nutritionally adequate for all life cycle stages (including pregnancy and breastfeeding stages).
Canadian Dietetic Association has done a similar thing, whereas the British Dietetic Association, which is also the biggest and the most professional body related to diet in Great Britain recently confirmed the same. This resulted in many British schools incorporating vegan meals in their canteen menus.
Eating red meat increases the levels of the Insulin-like growth factor 1 hormone (IGF-1). This can speed up aging as well as the cell division, which finally increases the risk of developing several types of cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies processed meat as cancerogenic and red meat as probably cancerogenic, the same category as cigarettes. The research whose results have been published in Cancer Science has detected an increased risk of bowel cancer among Japanese men who ate large amounts of red meat.
The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research claim that it would be best to not eat processed meat at all.
Did you know that nations which use the largest amount of dairy products have the highest amount of bone problems (osteoporosis for example). How is that possible? Weren’t we taught the opposite? The thing is that animal protein contains amino acids that contain sulphur which creates the acid surplus in our organism. Our body fights it by trying to neutralize this and return to the normal state. To neutralize our bodies, calcium is extracted from the bones, which contain calcium phosphate. Phosphate is good at neutralizing the acid surplus, but it is extracted together with calcium which goes out through our urine. This makes sense since cow’s milk wasn’t made for us humans. We are not cows. We are actually the only species who continues drinking milk even after we stop being breastfed, which is unnatural.
The China Study is one of the most famous studies on nutritionism. They encompassed a huge number of people, so that it is proclaimed as the most comprehensive food study ever conducted. The study was led by the world famous T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. who has proved that casein (a milk protein) can promote proliferation of cancer cells in humans.
This also makes sense because our anatomy clearly shows that a plant-based diet suits us best. The length of our intestines, our saliva acidity and our stomach acidity correspond to characteristics of herbivores. Furthermore, one of the best indicators is the fact that we don’t produce vitamin C in our bodies. Vitamin C is found solely in plant-based food, which proves our dependence on it. Carnivores produce vitamin C themselves, whereas omnivores produce it to some extent, while still receiving the most of it from plants.