Everywhere we turn the Vegan message is being pushed at us. Mainstream sources like Dr. Oz, Oprah and others cite that the Vegan lifestyle is "healthier" than that of our animal-protein eating tribe.
The movie Forks Over Knives promotes a Vegan diet without calling it a Vegan diet in an effort to try and fool the inattentive. They make claims like "The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods."
Dr. T. Colin Campbell makes the claim "The science is clear. The results are unmistakable. Change your diet and dramatically reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity." to promote his book The China Study where he identifies that eliminating animal protein promises greater health and the avoidance of disease.
Dr. Dean Ornish claims to be able to reverse heart disease by adhering to what is virtually a plant-based Vegan diet. His direction for this approach was attained as a student in 1975. Much has changed over that period of time and one thing has been shown to be true. Eating a Dean Ornish diet does not appear to reduce the recurrence of cardiovascular disease at all.
No I am not promoting that people eat processed foods and meats. We can all agree that these are unhealthy. But the fact remains that there is an anti-meat movement afoot in America. I'm not sure why, but I can assure you it has nothing to do with heath. For those who choose to eat Vegan because they have sympathy for animals, I respect your decision. But please do not be lulled into the notion that its also healthier. Because its not.
When you encounter the Vegan message from a friend or family member, tell them you respect their decision to eat any way they choose. Then explain that two well done peer reviewed studies Published in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition proved conclusively that there are no health benefits to eating Vegan. In fact Vegans die of all the same diseases and live no longer than the general population. And by general population I mean, all those people who eat complete garbage!
In fact in one of the studies done in 1999 "Mortality in vegetarians and non-vegetarians: detailed findings from a collaborative analysis of 5 prospective studies" of 76172 men and women - the occasional meat eaters and fish eater had a lower rate of death due to heart disease!!! And Vegans died of All-Cause Mortality at similar rates as the rest of the non-vegans!
Dr. Loren Cordain sates it best in this paragraph of his latest book "The Paleo Answer"
To start with, if vegetarian diets are so healthful, then any reasonable person might expect that people eating plant based diets would have lower death rates from all causes than their meat eating counterparts. This question was never fully answered until 1999 when Dr. Key and colleagues at Oxford University conducted a large meta analysis comparing overall death rates between 27, 808 vegetarians and 48,364 meat eaters. I quote Dr. Key’s study, “There were no significant differences between vegetarians and non-vegetarians in mortality from cerebrovascular disease, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer or all other causes combined”. I have underlined and bolded the last words of this sentence to emphasize the fact that vegetarians do not fare any better than their hamburger eating counterparts when death rates for all causes are considered. A more recent 2009 analysis (The EPIC-Oxford Study), employing the largest sample of vegetarians (33,883) ever examined came up with identical conclusions. I quote the authors, “Within the study mortality from circulatory diseases and all causes is not significantly different between vegetarians and meat eaters”. The results of this study and the earlier meta analysis fly directly in the face of the American Dietetic Association’s suggestion that “vegetarian and vegan diets may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain disease”.
For those of you who want to see the studies firsthand.. here are the links.
Don't let Vegans sell you a bunch of propaganda. And never second-guess your decision to eat animal protein. Our ancestors thrived on animal protein!