PCRM reports:Plant-based diets reduce chronic disease risk, require fewer resources, and do not hinder athletic performance, compared with omnivorous diets, according to a report published in Nutrients. The authors reviewed publications that compared nutrient density, athletic performance, disease risk, and environmental factors between those following vegetarian and omnivorous diets. Plant-based diets lower risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer while lowering cholesterol and oxidative stress levels. Vegetarian eating patterns require less land, water, and energy when compared to animal-based diets. Researchers observed no negative effects of plant-based diets on athletic performance and noted potential benefits such as increase antioxidant intake via fruits and vegetable consumption. ReferencesLynch H, Johnston C, Wharton C. Plant-based diets: Considerations for environmental impact, protein quality, and exercise performance. Nutrients. 2018;10:1841-1857.
Just how healthy is the Whole Foods plant-based diet? Let’s pretend that all its effects could be achieved through a drug. Imagine a big pharmaceutical company holding a press conference to unveil a new pill called Eunutria. They unveil a list of scientifically proven effects of Eunutria that includes the following: Prevents 95 percent of all cancers, including those “caused” by environmental toxins Prevents nearly all heart attacks and strokes Reverses even severe heart disease Prevents and reverses Type 2 diabetes so quickly and profoundly that, after three days on this drug, it’s dangerous for users to continue to use insulin What about side effects, you ask? Of course there are side effects. They include: Gets you to your ideal weight in a healthy and sustainable fashion Eliminates most migraines, acne, colds and flu, chronic pain, and intestinal distress Improves energy Cures erectile dysfunction (that makes the pill a blockbuster success all by itself!) Those are just the side effects for individuals taking the pill. There are also environmental effects: Slows and possibly reverses global warming Reduces groundwater contamination Ends the need for deforestation Shuts down factory farms Reduces malnutrition and dislocation among the world’s poorest citizens How healthy is…