Neal Barnard, MD
President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
More professional and world-class athletes all the time are becoming vegan because of the added benefits to strength and fitness, and the added years of life after they retire. - Dan Piraro
Read EVEN's exclusive interview with Dan Here.
If every American just ate 10% less meat, it would free up enough grain to feed 60 million humans? (This is more than the number of people who starve to death in the WORLD in a typical year.)
I can say that I have never felt better. My body has never performed better. As an athlete, as a father and as a human being. - Rich Roll, Ultraman fuels on a plant-based diet! California lawyer transformed from couch potato to Ultraman competitor on a plant-based, vegan diet. CNN Interview
Someone who moves toward eating a plant based diet so that they are as physically healthy as they can be, environmentally friendly, and a kind and thoughtful human being. And it's not about being pure or strict; it's about being informed and having fun while living according to values like kindness and thoughtfulness. Truly, I believe in progress, not perfection! - Kathy Freston, Author, Health and Wellness Expert, when asked what a veganist is?
The correlation between animal protein [intake] and fracture rates is as strong as that between lung cancer and smoking. - Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor, Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University, and Author, The China Study
I'll never have to worry about my weight again, and it's made my hair and skin shine. - Alicia Silverstone
When I decided to go vegan, I was able to make the 155-pound weight class much easier, and I haven't lost an ounce of muscle. I'm leaner than I used to be, and I have much more energy than I used to. - Mac Danzig, Ultimate Fighting Champion
I've been doing it so long, I find it quite easy. [...] I feel great all the time. If you don't feel great, you're doing something wrong. - Ed Begley, Jr.
Playing around with new restaurants or cooking new recipes. It's kinda fun to think of food as a beautiful gift. - Davina Reeves, Miss New York USA, 2010. [Reeves made the decision to change to a holistic vegan diet after suffering from several health issues and skin flare ups.]
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
- Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
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Weight, blood pressure, cholesterol --- being vegan has helped me with my life! And what is great is that I can be a friend to every animal on the planet!! - Howard Lyman, Read EVEN's exclusive interview with Howard HERE.
I enjoy living a plant-based diet because it makes me feel clear headed and strong, not to mention my genetically high cholesterol dropped more than 100 points. That was all the motivation I needed. - Bob Harper, Personal Trainer, The Biggest Loser, when announcing he was going vegan.
Can a world-class athlete get enough protein from a vegetarian diet to compete? I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet. Moreover, by continuing to eat a vegan diet, my weight is under control, I like the way I look. - Track and field star Carl Lewis, winner of nine Olympic gold medals and 10 World Championship medals
One farmer says to me, "You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with." and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle. - Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) Walden, 1854
Whether industralized societies...can cure themselves of their meat addictions may ultimately be a greater factor in world health than all the doctors, health insurance policies, and drugs put together.
-The China-Oxford-Cornell Project on Nutrition
The evidence favoring a new approach [to type 2 diabetes] came first from comparisons of various populations around the world. People whose diets were based mainly on plant-derived foods—that is, rice, noodles, beans, and vegetables—were less likely to develop diabetes, compared with people whose diets are fattier or centered on meatier dishes. For example, among people following traditional Japanese diets, diabetes was rare. Studies show that when people moved from Japan to the U.S. and adopted a Western diet, they were much more likely to develop diabetes.
These studies suggested that meaty, fatty diets cause the body to be more resistant to insulin's actions. Clinical research studies have shown that adopting a low-fat, plant-derived diet does indeed improve insulin sensitivity, help with weight loss, and reduce blood sugar and cholesterol.
The Vegan Diet How-To Guide for Diabetes
A wide variety of plant foods consisting of whole grains, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and fortified cereals and fortified plant milks like soy milk can ensure a healthy, well-balanced diet. Vegetarian Foods Offer Powerful Advantages for Humans
Do you know about carbs and fiber and fats and protein? What about water? Here is a basic primer in nutrition from Dr. John McDougall..
Nutritional Foundations: A Lesson in Basic Nutrition
What is a cancer prevention diet? What does it include and how does it work?
Foods for Cancer Prevention
While we are all busy reading boxes in the grocery store, looking for meat and dairy ingredients, let's also look for all the other insidious things that come with packaged food. Remember, there's no sense being a vegan, if we're not going to be a healthy vegan. Click here to read some of the ways we can be Food Duped.
Health and Nutrition from A - Z: Archive to assist in answering many health and diet questions and to encourage taking a pro-active part in one's own health. Go to Meat-Free Zone for Table of Contents
Dr. Janice Stanger's diet helps shield you from radiation and cancer. This is definitely info that most people don't know. Diet makes a difference even for A-bomb survivors! The struggle to contain radioactive releases at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has focused the world's attention on the hazards of radiation. However, even without such incidents, you are subject to harmful radiation every day. >> MORE
Dr. John McDougall discusses the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases with a low-fat diet.
Diet and Multiple Sclerosis
Good questions, great answers! Hear what the experts at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have to say:
Frequently Asked Questions About Nutrition
Vegan Food Pyramid
Vegan Food Pyramid - Chart
On Septemer 11, 3,000 Americans were killed. Since then, about 10 Million Americans have died of other causes. (2001-2005)
The Real Threat to Americans - Chart
Americans eat a lot of chicken. Driven by the hope that chicken is somehow less fattening than beef or pork, Americans now eat more than 1 million chickens per hour.
The Chicken Myth
Prof. Jane Plant, PhD
Why Women in China Don't Get Breast Cancer
Following a healthy, balanced vegan diet ensures a host of health benefits as well as prevention of some of the major diseases striking people in North America.
57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan
The Daily Beast polled food scientists to discover the unhealthiest cooking ingredients.
Dangerous Ingredients by The Daily Beast
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
PCRM 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Meal Plan
So much more than just a satisfying snack, each nut is a tiny powerhouse of amazing energy!
Nuts the Delicious Path to Good Health
With the traditional Western diet, the average American consumes about double the protein her or his body needs.
How Can I Get Enough Protein?
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Heart Attack Proof by Dr. Esselstyn (Video)
Where Do You Get Your Calcium? - by Dr. John McDougall
Calcium, needed for strong bones, is found in dark green leafy vegetables, tofu made with calcium sulfate, calcium-fortified soy milk and orange juice, and many other foods commonly eaten by vegans.
- Vegetarian Resource Group - Reed Mangels, PhD, RD
Calcium in the Vegan Diet
It is very easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein, as long as calorie intake is adequate. Strict protein combining is not necessary; it is more important to eat a varied diet throughout the day.
- Vegetarian Resource Group - Reed Mangels, PhD, RD
Protein in the Vegan Diet
International Vegetarian Union
What's Wrong with Free-Range Eggs?/Dairy Products?
Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to nourish their young. In order to force the animals to continue giving milk, factory farm operators typically impregnate them using artificial insemination every year.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. But, as Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former internationally known surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, explains in this book it can be prevented, reversed, and even abolished.
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
The truth about these types of fad "diets" is that people can temporarily lose large amounts of weight, and can even lower their blood cholesterol, sugar, and triglycerides -- but the method is unhealthful. - Dr. John McDougall
High Protein Diets
In 2005, cancer became the leading cause of death among Americans for the first time. One sad part of this fact is that most of our cancer incidence can be prevented with dietary changes.
Cancer and Food
Plant-Based Sources for Key Nutrients - Dr. Michael Greger
Veganism in a Nutshell - by Vegetarian Resource Group
The Dairy Education Board is a public information association that has been formed to let America know that cow's milk is not nature's perfect food for people. We are breaking down the greatest myth in America: that milk does a body good. By establishing a stance against the dairy industry and the tens of billions of dollars spent in propaganda activities such as the milk mustache campaign, we will tell America the other side of the milk story. This group has been established to put the discussion in perspective. The dairy industry has invested an immense amount of money and Americans are still getting sick, breaking bones, getting cancer and osteoporosis. The secret to the "Fountain of Youth" is giving up milk and dairy products. Numerous excellent articles by alpha, by subject, by doctor, by product, by industry and more. Good resource!
Eating should be a pleasure. It should be a celebration and a communion with life...a pleasure all the deeper for being at no one's expense, a pleasure all the more wonderful for being productive of radiant health....You'll see that the very eating habits that can do so much to give you strength and health are exactly the same ones that can significantly reduce the needless suffering in the world, and do much to preserve our ecosystem.
- John Robbins