Is our diet killing us?
The issue has been a hot button topic recently due to the release of movies such as Forks over Knives, which argues that despite our advances in technology Americans are sicker than ever. Some reports estimate that as many as two-thirds of Adults are overweight. For all of the treatments that science can offer people, the simple solution of a proper diet seems to be overlooked.
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The documentary comes with the message that a diet based on consuming plants cures nearly every scourge that modern medicine cannot defeat. A nutritionist conducting research in the Philippines noticed that people in the upper class suffered from cancer at much higher rates that those that did not eat an animal products based diet.
Further research noted that in third-world countries with little access to animal products conditions such as cancer were unheard of. The facts soon became clear. People are healthier if they choose not to eat meat.
The problem with the findings is that it goes against traditions, industries and addictions. Eating animals might not be good for humans, but the taste and the process has become a part of our culture and diets.
As science continues to prove that diet is the most important aspect of preventative medicine the question is becomes will people change? Does knowing that an animal based diet will shorten your lifespan mean that people will abandon traditions and their favorite foods?
Even though it sounds dramatic, evidence is mounting that deciding your next meal can be a life or death decision. Tasting good might be a temporary pleasure, but it could mean plenty of suffering down the road.