Staying Healthy and Living a Vegan Lifestyle
This is a really great one-page summary of the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle for us, the animals, and the environment. I especially like all of the links to more detailed information, including medical information, animal welfare information, and even being vegan on a budget! Thanks to Kathy and Kate for sharing this resource!
National Institute of Health Nutrition Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets
Excerpt: Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.
Plant-based Diets (NutritionFacts.org)
Excerpt: The #1 killer in the US – heart disease – was found to be almost nonexistent in populations with diets centered around whole plant foods. Heart disease may be effectively treated with a plant-based diet...A plant-based diet may also help in averting and/or slowing certain cancers (like breast cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, as well as BPH, benign prostatic hypertrophy). This is in part because plant foods contain anti-aging, anti-cancer antioxidants (on average 64 times more than animal foods, fiber, and phytochemicals, which in some cases can even help repair DNA damage.
Muscling Out the Meat Myth, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study
Excerpt: There’s hardly another myth in nutrition so insidious yet so intractable as that which encourages us to believe that consuming lots of high-quality protein– basically the stuff of animal-based foods – makes for fitness, bigness, and strength of body.
CNN Interactive Obesity Map, 1985 - 2006
Click on each year and see how obesity is growing throughout the U.S.
- Vegetarian Diets From the viewpoint of Preventive Medicine and Dietics (International Vegetarian Union)
Excerpt: A vegetarian diet is now scientifically recognized as being effective in the prevention of adult disease.
Can Genetically Engineered Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity?
Excerpt: Wheat is not a genetically modified organism (GMO). But evidence suggests that genetically modified foods, such as soy and corn, may help explain the recent explosion of gluten-related disorders, which now affect up to 18 million Americans.
Just Because Science Can Genetically Engineer Foods, Doesn't Mean We Should, Forbes Magazine
Excerpt: Science has a credibility problem. It has for too long been used to distort food and twist the natural into long lasting Twinkies and nutritionally void Lunchables.
- Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report warns
Excerpt: Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation...Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems.