If your love for animals and the planet is not compelling enough for you to make a lifestyle change, then perhaps your own life is.
“...Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” American Dietetic Association
Somewhere throughout elementary, middle, high school, or college, you've probably taken a nutrition course or two. Most likely a high protein diet has been recommended as adding body density and giving us more energy. In spite of its widespread, this recommendation is far removed from the truth.
Eating a high protein diet actually causes our bones to leach calcium; and if people try to drink milk to compensate for the calcium loss, it causes even more imbalance leading to osteoporosis. This is why Americans have the highest rate of osteoporosis, even though their high protein diet is filled with "calcium-filled" dairy and meat.
The Problem With Standard Western High Protein Diet
Somebody somewhere at some time let out an ugly rumor that a high protein diet filled with animal products is health-defining. While such an irresponsible statement is likely to profit livestock and dairy industries, following through with the advice leads only to serious health implications.
Here are the cold, hard facts about animal protein consumption:
Animal protein increases the risk of premature death caused by chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes, heart disease, and cancer
Animal fats can double the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease
High intake of animal products increase heart disease via arterial blockage and bad cholesterol build-up
Cancer-causing agents such as Trimethylamine N-oxide found in meat and egg yolks are known to plug up arteries
Animal protein increases an insulin-like growth hormone called IGF-1 in your body which contributes to chronic inflammation
Red meat is high in a tumor-forming sugar called Neu5Gc which increases the risk of cancer
What's needed more than misleading and health-deteriorating diet recommendations such as the high protein diet is informing people what they truly need to stay healthy, balanced, and disease-free: that is a plant-based diet.
“Homo sapiens have dramatically altered the ecological landscape in which other species and their pathogens must function. Along with human culpability, though, comes hope: If changes in human activity can cause new diseases, then changes in human activity may prevent them in the future.” Dr. Michael Greger, US Humane Society
Plant-based Diet: A Win-Win For Our Public Health
Wholesome plant-based diets offer incredible health benefits in preventing and reversing the most prominent health risks caused by a high protein diet. Fruits and vegetables share three distinct qualities that give rise to their amazing healing properties:
- Low in calorie: Low calorie foods help us stay thin and healthy, reducing the risk of fatty acids building up along cellular walls and arteries
- High in fiber: The high fiber content of plant-based foods help clear out digestive systems, toxic wastes, and unwanted growth hormones
- Dense in nutrient: Antioxidants combat free radicals to strength our heart and arteries
Together these health-giving qualities reverse serious health conditions and make plant-based diets much more superior than the advocated "high protein diet."
Animal products found in high protein diet from meats to dairy are filled with fatty acids that cause obesity. On the other hand, a plant-based diet can reverse the harmful affects a high protein diet caused by feed your body nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables low in calories and cholesterol-free.
Treats Cardiovascular Disease
Plant-based foods are nutrient-rich and high in vitamins, especially antioxidants, which reduce free radicals and remove plague build-up in artery walls.
“Most coronary disease need never exist, and where it does exists, it need not progress,” Caldwell B. Esselstyn MD
Mitigates Type 2 diabetes
Adopting a plant-based diet will improve insulin sensitivity, reduce weight loss, blood sugar, and cholesterol.
“Type II diabetes, which accounts for over 90% of diabetes cases, is preventable and even reversible with excellent nutrition,” Joel Fuhrman MD
Diets rich in legumes, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Additionally the high fiber in plant-based foods helps move content along in the colon, reducing the chance of colon cancer.
Treating Chronic Disease Proactively - Say No To Animal-Based High Protein Diet
In conclusion, a standard western diet, or high protein diet, is a leading cause of prominent health diseases such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Adopting a plant-based diet rich in nutrient, low in fat and calories, and filled with wholesome fruits, grains, seeds, vegetables, and nuts can help us stay fit and disease-free. Furthermore, careful monitoring of your health is critical to proactively prevent illnesses and adopt to healthier diets as well; taking health tests can help you further assess your need for a plant-based diet.