I don’t know if you’ve seen the latest scare that has come out regarding a plant-based diet. Apparently, if the entire U.S. population decided to follow a plant-based diet we would all succumb to nutritional deficiencies and die horrible deaths according to a “scientific” report put out by – wait for it…. Robin A. White, who just so happens to be an “animal and poultry professor” at Virginia Tech who teaches animal and poultry use and agriculture; and Mary Beth Hall who works in Dairy Science at USDFRC, Madison, WI., again working for the Dairy Industry.
Now, once we find out who these people are, we have to wonder why, after all the scientific evidence there is that shows that consuming meat and dairy leads to a number of health problems, heart disease and cancer included, why oh why would the meat and dairy industry want to keep “proving” that a plant-based diet is going to kill you? Could it be that meat and dairy consumption has declined, leading to the oh-so-problematic decline in profits? Greed of course is behind this “study”.
Should one believe this study, one would think that anyone who is eating a plant-based diet should be on the verge of dying. However, that is simply not true. Well, I haven’t heard of anyone dying due to eating a healthy plant-based diet. And, I am no-where near death myself, after almost five years on a vegan diet. As a matter of fact, after my last yearly visit with my doctor, he was amazed at how low my cholesterol and sugar numbers were. I was quite healthy with no nutritional death in sight. There were no deficiencies in my diet that he could find. Am I a modern medical miracle? I think not, since my daughter also received a clean bill of health.
As far as the claims that humans simply cannot get the nutrition they need from plants, I beg to differ. Calcium comes from plants, as do the other nutrients listed in the study. When you receive any nutrients from eating the flesh of another animal, you are simply eating the middle-man. Ever hear of broccoli or leafy greens? Apparently the “researchers” didn’t. For any questions regarding plant-based diet, please go to https://nutritionfacts.org/ and find out more information. I apologize if anyone found this post too snarky. I simply couldn’t help it.