Obtaining a more healthy lifestyle is one of the most common reasons people are moving away from a diet high in dairy products, meats, processed foods, and saturated fats to a more plant-based, vegan diet. A plant-based diet has contributed to reversing common ailments such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Let’s talk about why dairy products, meats, and processed foods are harmful to the body. Learn how what you eat is affecting your health and the weight your eating habits can have on your future.
Dr. Micheal Greger takes a look at the top fifteen causes of death,
what contributes to the presence of these diseases in our society, and how adopting
a whole foods plant-based, vegan diet can prevent and reverse these ailments.
There is a distinct link between the consumption of meat as well as dairy products and the extremely high rates of disease seen, in this case, in America. The amounts of fat and cholesterol we are consuming on a daily bases is killing us, but we like the taste? If health is the concern we must take a look at what meat and dairy is doing to the body, many points presented in the above video of Dr. Micheal Greger.
Animal fat and protein can be problematic to the human body in more ways than one, and no meat product is healthy nor necessary. In order to digest animal protein your body needs calcium. With more than three-fourths of the American population being calcium deficient, the body must steal calcium from the bones to break down the amino acids in animal protein.
According to the American Heart Association, the foods highest in saturated fats include, “fatty beef, lamb, pork, poultry with skin, beef fat (tallow), lard and cream, butter, cheese, and other dairy products made from whole or reduced-fat (2 percent) milk.” Consuming saturated fat raises cholesterol levels and can lead to heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth top cause of death in America. Removing dairy and meat from your diet and eating a balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains will ensure you are maintaining a diet low in cholesterol, decreasing your risk for disease.
The human body does not require the milk of any other animal to be healthy, and most people lose the ability to digest lactose after early childhood. Lactose intolerance occurs in 75% of Americans and 65% of the human population, and people who remove lactose from their diet also lose the ability to digest it. Consuming dairy products has been proven to increase the risk of diseases not limited to, arthritis, certain cancers, and diabetes. Why then do we consume the milk of other animals?
Stored in the fat of milk is an enzyme, called casomorphin. It is designed to be addictive to the offspring, in order to ensure his or her chance of survival. Dairy products high in this enzyme, such as cheese, can be very addicting. Is the answer then, because we have been given dairy, told we need it, and now we have crave these enzymes? Dr. Greger mentions how eating eggs can be as detrimental to your health as smoking cigarettes. Due to the increase of egg and dairy consumption in vegetarians diets, these eating habits can increase the risk of certain diseases higher than those who eat meat. Therefore, replacing meat with dairy is not necessarily beneficial to your health.
Vegan for Health
Eating animal and dairy products, which are high in cholesterol and saturated fats, increases the risk of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, along with other diseases. There are many healthy, wholesome foods to enjoy such as beans, fruits, grains, nuts, and vegetables that can nourish your body, without the need for dairy and meat. Some deficiencies most commonly seen in around the world are calcium, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, D, E, and K. Each one of these deficiencies can be reversed by eating more whole-foods and removing animal and dairy products from your diet.