By reading the scientific literature, I found strong evidence that the best diet for human beings is low in fat (<10% of calories) and high in fiber and contains no foods of animal origin. This kind of diet cures constipation, practically overnight. It can make people heart-attack–proof in about a month. It can cure type 2 diabetes in a matter of weeks. It stops multiple sclerosis in its tracks. It can cure several common forms of arthritis, and it is the best way to prevent osteoporosis. It reduces the risk of the most common forms of cancer. The list of benefits goes on and on. Best of all, it can do all these things at the same time, with no bad side effects. It can even help people save money on food.
Nutrition and health are complicated subjects. It is hard to write simple truths about them. Nevertheless, what most consumers need to know boils down to these simple lessons:
- Eat plants, not animal products.
- Get the bulk of your calories from starchy foods, such as whole grains and starchy vegetables.
- Eat plenty of vegetables and some fruit.
- Go outside and play in the sunshine.
- It is generally okay to add a little bit of salt to the surface of your food.
- Do not eat refined fats or oils.
- If something is making you sick, stop eating it.
- If you don’t eat any animal products at all, take a vitamin B12 supplement.
Together, these simple rules will help most people solve most of the common health problems that plague people in the United States and other Western industrialized countries.
A few people also need to avoid certain plant-based foods. For example, people who are allergic to strawberries should avoid strawberries.
Also, people with celiac disease need to avoid wheat, rye, and barley. However, those foods are fine for most people.
The scientific evidence all points to the same basic conclusion. The human body runs best on a diet based
on low-fat, high-fiber plant foods, including a lot of starchy foods.
When people eat that kind of diet, they become practically immune to heart attack. They also have a lower risk of other chronic degenerative diseases, such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and many kinds of cancer.
Unfortunately, the nonprofit organizations that are supposed to be educating the public about heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, or cancer are not telling the public about the value of a low-fat vegan diet for preventing and sometimes even curing these problems.
The scientific evidence clearly shows that coronary artery disease goes away when people keep their total cholesterol below 150 mg/dL—a goal that most people can easily reach if they eat no animal products and no oils.
Yet the American Heart Association is still telling people that a cholesterol level of up to 200 mg/dL is “desirable.”
The American Heart Association keeps encouraging people to eat meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products. They even urge people to eat vegetable oils!
The American Heart Association has been telling Americans to make only minor changes in diet. Unfortunately, Americans who make only minor dietary changes get only minor health benefits.
Other big nonprofit organizations seem to be doing the same thing. They keep encouraging you to continue to eat the foods that make you fat and that cause the disease that they are supposedly trying to prevent or cure.