1. Obsession with protein
When Jenn touches base upon food choices, the other moderator deflects it by concluding with animal protein.
This is a common theme in our society. I first noticed this when reading more of the work of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, which is the author of the China Study. The leading research on nutrition ever conducted.
Doctor Campbell talks about a reductionist paradigm. We see foods as having 1 single ingredient, when it reality, the dangers of benefits of foods arise due to the sum of its parts.
Which was the main takeaway of his book WHOLE.
Animal foods, not protein, do have a higher amount of cholesterol, AGEs, hormones. Which are considered harmful.
Plant foods, not protein, do have a higher amount of fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Which are considered beneficial.
More than that, these components act in unison with each other. Strengthening one’s effects.
So it’s not protein that you should look out for, it really is the food choices.
The food choices also determine, as this study beautifully shows, the caloric intake of individuals. Which is another things that can really influence how long a person lives.
2. Calories of animal foods
The average intake of calories from animal foods was up to 5x higher in this study.
And that is very important, because calories, are the key indicators of weight gain or weight loss.
So the less calories you do get from a food, the better it is for weight loss.
That’s why vegans, or people following a plant-based diet, tend to have smaller waistlines than omnivores.
And this is important to note, because animal protein in itself has the same amount of calories of plant protein. But animal foods, have way more calories than plant foods.
So it’s really not the protein which is the thing to focus on, it’s the general intake of healthy foods.
And the third point, let’s end this on a happy note, is that one can’t help but to see tremendous progress in society’s attitude towards veganism.
As seen in the news article here:
News sources, such as Good Morning America, are featuring way more good news about veganism and a plant-based diet.