I, too, once ate meat. I thought my lean eye fillet or my rib eye and sweet potato & broccoli was healthy. And then I educated myself on what I was really eating – analysed the science and spoke to experts globally and reshaped my opinion. We need to stop thinking that meat = protein and start thinking of it as a much higher cholesterol, higher saturated fat and second hand source of getting our protein.
The top chronic lifestyle diseases (Cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes and various cancers) are being fueled by diets high in animal protein, cholesterol and saturated fats. Studies on Type 2 diabetes in particular have shown that adopting a vegan or near vegan diet can reduce and even reverse symptoms. Albeit there is minimal literature there is even evidence that adopting a healthier diet consisting of mainly plant-based foods can positively affect the progression of cancer.
As you can see in the comparison image, the key things that jump out are the differences in saturated fat and cholesterol. To get your ‘protein’ from the beef you do so knowing that there is a 100% the proteins buddies Mr. Cholesterol and Mr. Saturated Fat are coming along for the ride…most likely with a few of their other good mates, Mr. Antibiotics and Mr. Hormone. With the black beans, you can access protein and health promoting dietary fibre without any risk of saturated fats or cholesterol.
Dietary fibre has been shown to be reduce the risk of coronary heart and cardiovascular disease. Here is an excerpt from this study:
Greater dietary fibre intake is associated with a lower risk of both cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. Findings are aligned with general recommendations to increase fibre intake.
I’ll let you be the decider as to what is going to promote health and what is going to promote disease.
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