There is a huge disconnect between the science and what we have been led to believe is a ‘healthy’ diet. For too long we have left the control of our diet in the hands of marketers, industry lobbyists and government bodies. We have been told that we need to drink cow milk for calcium and strong bones. That we need to eat cholesterol and saturated fat containing meats and eggs for protein. To make matters worse, we have become a society that accepts disease as a part of life and look to medication for solutions and are quick to simply blame genetics. It’s time we understand the truth about nutrition, take control of our health and increase our chances of living a high quality life without chronic illness for as long as possible. The entire purpose of Plant Proof is to offer you with genuine information that’s being delivered for free with no hidden agendas. Real information for real health.
As bizarre as it sounds, as a society, when it comes to food we need to go through a process of unlearning
Let’s take a closer look at some of the things we have been led to believe over the past decades that are contributing to the global health burden and killing more and more people every day:
We have been conditioned to believe that protein = meat and that meat = strong. We’ve been told it’s where we have to get our iron from and without this, we will lack energy. What we haven’t been told is that when you eat meat to get your protein and iron you are also having to consume cholesterol, saturated fat, hormones and quite often, antibiotics (Step 1 where big pharmaceutical companies gain from this deadly way of eating). Further to this, governments have subsidized the meat industry to make farming cheaper, which has meant these toxic foods can get into households at a lower price making them more attractive than truly healthy foods – so our expectations of the price of healthy food have been artificially lowered. To put the nail in the coffin, these foods are making us sick which has then led to a reactive (rather than preventative) mentality from the medical industries – now, over 50% of all Americans are taking prescription drugs (second place where big pharmaceutical companies gain from this deadly way of eating) with drugs like Statins (cholesterol lowering tablets) and Beta Blockers (blood pressure lowering medications) topping the lists.
Don’t be fooled by claims that chicken, turkey and other white meats are healthier than red meat. Whilst they may be lower in saturated fats, they are still loaded with cholesterol & more often than not, have high levels of hormones and antibiotics in each and every bite you load into your mouth.
For years, the egg industry has run marketing campaigns to make you think they are healthy. It’s true they are good source of protein, but 1 single egg contains over 180mg of cholesterol and science is linking high cholesterol to cardiovascular events. To highlight just how easy it is for government to manipulate us into believing something is healthy, read this article on the Californian’s government handling of cholesterol recommendations (1). For over two decades the UDA’s dietary guidelines recommended US consumers kept their daily cholesterol consumption to under 300g (of which most comes from eggs) and then all of a sudden they decided to remove it…sound like this decision was influenced by an industry with something to gain? It took The President of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Neal Bernard, to flag this with the USDA who then agreed to change their recommendation within the guideline to “eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible”.
Interestingly, in recent times the egg industry has been pushing studies that show no change in serum FASTING cholesterol levels in subjects that consumed 1 egg a day for 30 days. But what about cholesterol levels after consuming these cholesterol packed ovary produced ‘eggs’. Unfortunately, studies do not focus on the effects that cholesterol has own the body, and arteries in particular, after consumption. No doubt the cholesterol undergoes oxidation affecting the integrity of the arterial walls.
Not convinced that the headlines and science showing ‘1 egg a day’ is healthy? Take this Systematic Review for example conducted in 2015 which in the fine print CLEARLY says it was funded by the Egg Nutrition Centre…what on earth is that (2)? Sounds like a centre set up to find positive scientific findings on eggs for the egg industry? They then go on to report the below which is taken by mainstream media and used to create headlines like ‘Eggs are back in Vogue’ because everyone knows that headlines which reinforce negative behaviours are enjoyed by the masses!
Overall, summary associations show no clear association between egg intake and increased or decreased risk of CHD. • Eggs are a relatively low-cost and nutrient-dense whole food that provides a valuable source of protein, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, choline, vitamins, and minerals. (conclusion from a study funded by the Egg Nutrition Centre).
Dr. David J Spence (Professor of Neurology & Clinical Pharmacology) has commented publicly about egg industry and their manipulation of information. He makes it clear that the studies have looked at fasting cholesterol levels rather than true cholesterol levels post egg consumption (after a meal). How many of us are ever in a truly fasted state? Not the majority of the public. What’s the damage that the absorbed cholesterol post meal is having on our arteries? None of this makes headlines because the money is pushing the ‘1 egg a day does not affect cholesterol’ which is a clear, and dangerous, misinterpretation of the data for the public.
Sometimes it’s difficult to work out what’s true and what’s not. The simple fact is these studies are often linked to industries profiting from results that suggest they are healthy foods to consume. Eggs contain cholesterol. USDA guidelines is to have as little dietary cholesterol as possible. Oats, tofu and all other plant-based foods contain no cholesterol. I know what I would want in my body.
The dairy industry went to town on advertisements when we were growing up to make us learn early on that cow milk is a necessity for strong bones. We now know that milk contains many different types of hormones (being a hormonal fluid after all), lactose and blood/puss cells. With the current non-dairy cheese and milk options, this is typically the easiest thing for people to move away from – I mean, just one look at what’s actually in dairy is enough to scare most people off!
Walk into the cardiology ward at your closest hospital and I guarantee it’s not filled with people living a healthy plant-based diet.
It’s time to no longer let trade and industry representatives shape our eating guidelines – they have agendas that are based on balance sheets and profit and loss statements…not the health of you, your family and your friends. Not too dissimilar to how we took control of smoking and now the public know the truth…30 years later and many lives lost, but we do know the truth. We will no doubt look back on the consumption of animal products just as we do look back on cigarettes now and wonder how we ever thought they were safe.
Adopting a plant-based whole food diet is easier than ever now with loads of options at the supermarket, more new brands hitting the shelves every month like Organic Village Tempeh and Damona Cheese, more resources than ever to learn from and lots of creative chefs opening up plant-based restaurants/cafes. Have a look around Plant Proof for inspiration on how you can make the transition or for those of you already eating a plant-based diet, how you can further improve your meal selections and health. The Plant Proof Top tips for healthy eating is a good place to start. To help find cafe’s/restaurant’s and health stores local to you that offer vegan/plant-based foods, checkout the Happy Cow website and mobile app – particularly useful while traveling too!
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