GIVING UP MEAT COULD PREVENT A THIRD OF EARLY DEATHS, SAYS HARVARD
Another Harvard study has been published that advocates reducing your meat intake. Not only that, it's claiming that a whopping 1/3 of early deaths could be prevented by actually giving it up completely. That statistic is staggering. It's not saying 5% or 10%, but an estimated 33% of early deaths are preventable!
Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School, said the benefits of a plant-based diet had been vastly underestimated.
The new figures from Harvard suggest that at least 200,000 lives in Britain alone could be saved each year if people cut meat from their diets completely. Take that in for a moment. They're not suggesting a slight reduction in meat consumption. They're not suggesting to only eat meat that is "grass fed." They are straight up saying to cut it out completely. And that the consumption of meat is killing us in horrific numbers.
British-born Professor David Jenkins, of the University of Toronto, who is credited with developing the glycemic index, also told the conference that the benefits of vegetarianism had been ‘undersold.’
Dr. Jenkins even went so far as to put team together to show that humans would thrive much better on a "simian" diet, as opposed to a "paleo" (or caveman) diet. For reference, a simian diet is similar to that of lowland gorillas who eat stems, leaves, vines, and fruits. A paleo diet cuts carbohydrates and advocates high meat consumption.
His team recently joined forces with the Bronx Zoo and travelled to central Africa to record the feeding habits of gorillas. When they recreated the diet for humans they found a a 35 percent fall in cholesterol, in just 2 weeks! Which is the equivalent of taking statins, known to have serious side effects and millions of people stop taking them for that exact reason.
“We’re saying you’ve got a choice, you can change your diet to therapeutically meaningful change or you can take a statin. Drug or diet.”
“I think we’re underestimating the effect,” he told delegates. “I think people imagine that a healthy diet has only a modest effect and a vegetarian diet might help you lose a little bit of weight. But when these diets are properly constructed I think they are enormously powerful.
“A low-fat vegan diet is better than any other diet I have ever seen for improving diabetes.
“With regards to inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis we are seeing tremendous potential there too. Partly because of things we are avoiding and cholesterol but also because of the magical things that are in vegetables and fruits which just aren’t in spam.”