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In 2005 “The China study” was published, the largest nutritional study that has ever been undertaken. The conclusion was that countries with a high consumption of animal based foods were more likely to have higher death rates from “western diseases” as opposed to countries that ate more plant based foods.
This update looks at the top ten research and news articles to hit the headlines in recent times.
10) Major nutrition group states that well-planned vegan diets (with select supplements) are safe and healthy for all ages
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the professional organization of dietitians, released a position statement on vegetarian diets, saying appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets “are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes.” They go on to highlight the benefits of plant-based diets, including a nice explanation of specific nutrient concerns and non-concerns as well as the environmental impact of food choices.
9) Lifestyle vs Genes
In a cohort study looking at coronary artery disease, lifestyle and genes, researchers found that individuals with 3-4 lifestyle factors had about a 50% reduction in risk compared to those with 0-1 lifestyle factors. This was true across all levels of genetic risk. The 4 lifestyle behaviours: not smoking, BMI <30 (ie. being healthy weight or overweight, not obese), physical activity at least once a week, following ½ of the modest heart organization dietary recommendations.
These are pretty low bars for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Adopting these factors, compared to those not following healthy lifestyles, was about as beneficial as having low genetic risk compared to having high genetic risk.
8) Plant-Based Olympians
Two American athletes, tennis player Venus Williams and weight lifter Kendrick Farris, and one Australian athlete, sprinter Morgan Mitchell, competed in the 2016
July 1, 202213 minutes Min Read