I believe the whole "mess" started very early on in our lives. From early childhood, we were taught that we MUST eat meat and dairy for strong muscles and bones...if we didn't eat this way we wouldn't grow up to be big and strong. This was part of the American culture...this is the story we have been told over and over and over again. Of course, we all believe this to be true and never questioned it....until now.
Let's back up 70 years ago when many people couldn't afford meat and relied on foods such as potatoes, rice, beans, whole grains, and vegetables...guess what, we were SO much healthier.....heart disease and cancers only "happened" in a very few people...we didn't have a quarter of the sickness and disease states we have today. How can this be?? Meat and dairy are superior foods...they give us high quality protein and calcium, just what we need for healthy bodies. This is the biggest MYTH we have ever been led to believe! What we weren't taught was, along with an excess of protein, (which is extremely harmful to our body), we get all that saturated fat and cholesterol from animal products. And today, we even get "more for our money"....we get an abundance of hormones, toxic chemicals and a barrage of antibiotics from these animals we choose to eat.
People will now say that they eat organic meat....so that can't be bad. It's true that they won't be getting all the hormones, toxic chemicals and antibiotics from their meat, BUT, they will still get all that excess protein, saturated fat and cholesterol....organic meat doesn't equate to "healthy meat".
You don't need to eat foods from animals to have enough protein in your diet. Plant proteins alone will provide enough of the essential and non-essential amino acids, as long as you are eating enough enough calories. Whole grains, vegetables beans, seeds and nuts all contain both essential and non-essential amino acids. At last, the American Heart Association has accepted the scientifically proven conclusion that plant foods do, indeed, contain all the amino acids we need to thrive.
Unfortunately, the people we trust to educate our children and form our public policies are ignorant about basic nutritional needs. The result is disastrous--MILLIONS of Americans are suffering from diet-related diseases, including 18 million people with coronary heart disease, 25.8 million with type 2 diabetes, 400,000 with MS, millions with inflammatory arthritis, and we haven't even touched on cancer rates. We are sicker and fatter now than ever before--what we are doing is NOT WORKING.
To add to this problem is the fact that physicians are not educated on nutrition. Like all the rest of us, ingrained in their brain is the same myth---you must include meat and dairy in order to have a healthy diet. There is so much scientific evidence proving the exact opposite---information from extremely reputable institutions--Harvard, The Cleveland Clinic, Berkeley and Cornell just to name a few. This is solid evidence based on thousands of people participating in studies---the end result was always the same---the HEALTHIEST diet proven to prevent disease, stop existing disease and many times reverse disease is: A WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED DIET.
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