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Humans Don’t Need to Consume Animal Products to be Healthy

written by Marlene Watson-Tara November 21, 2019
Humans Don't Need to Consume Animal Products to be Healthy

RD&T’s contributing writer, Marlene Watson-Tara shares a useful list of links and evidence supporting the claim that humans don’t need to consume animal products to maintain health. As Tara says, “Remember, knowledge is power.”

What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet contains only plants (such as grains, beans, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits). Vegans do not eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs.

Healthy Eating as a Vegan

You can get all of the nutrients you need from eating a varied and balanced vegan diet. The NHS needs to update their information in terms of its infancy recommendations: A vegan diet is completely healthy from birth to old age. They also recommend lots of oils for omega-3 sources. Nuts, seeds, etc., are a far healthier choice.

The Permanente Journal:

Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods. We present a case study as an example of the potential health benefits of such a diet. Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.

Dietitians Association of Australia:

Vegan diets are a type of vegetarian diet, where only plant-based foods are eaten. They differ to other vegetarian diets in that no animal products are consumed or used. Despite these restrictions, with good planning it is still possible to obtain all the nutrients required for good health on a vegan diet.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes.

British Dietetic Association:

Well-planned vegetarian diets can be both nutritious and healthy. They have been associated with lower risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, certain types of cancer and lower blood cholesterol levels.

Dietitians of Canada:

A healthy vegan diet has many health benefits including lower rates of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

Harvard School of Public Health:

Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.

Cleveland Clinic:

There really are no disadvantages to an herbivorous diet! A plant-based diet has many health benefits, including lowering the risk for heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. It can also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, plus maintain weight and bone health.

New York Presbyterian Hospital:

People who follow a vegetarian diet are relatively healthier than those who don’t. Vegetarians tend to have a lower incidence of obesity and fewer chronic health problems, including some cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (UCLA):

Some of the health benefits of a vegetarian diet may include: [decreased blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure; [l]ower incidence of heart disease, some forms of cancer, and digestive disorders like constipation and diverticular disease; [l]ower incidence of obesity and some forms of diabetes.

The Mayo Clinic:

A well-planned vegetarian diet can meet the needs of people of all ages, including children, teenagers, and pregnant or breastfeeding women. The key is to be aware of your nutritional needs so that you plan a diet that meets them.

Nutrition Facts:

These are the top 15 causes of death, and a plant-based diet can prevent nearly all of them, can help treat more than half of them, and in some cases, even reverse the progression of disease, including our top three killers.

Walter Willet, the Chair of the Harvard nutrition department, writes: “Humans have no nutritional requirement for animal milk, an evolutionarily recent addition to the diet,” Willett and his co-author, David Ludwig, of Boston Children’s Hospital, wrote in an article published last September in the journal, JAMA Pediatrics.

‘… the recommendation for three servings of milk per day is not justified and is likely to cause harm to some people. The primary justification is bone health and reduction of fractures. However, prospective studies and randomized trials have consistently shown no relation between milk intake and risk of fractures. On the other hand, many studies have shown a relation between high milk intake and risk of fatal or metastatic prostate cancer, and this can be explained by the fact that milk intake increases blood levels of IGF-1, a growth-promoting hormone.’

In Good Health,


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