Food you can eat with only a fork: good.
Food you must cut with a knife: bad.
That’s the inconvenient truth of the entrée on the plate of this thoroughly researched and persuasively argued documentary about worldwide dietary decline and the health benefits — and then some — of a whole-food, plant-based diet instead of one dominated by animal products and processed food.
It’s a wake-up-call about living longer, healthier lives.
And, y’know what? The next time you’re about to fork over your hard earned money for food that you know is bad for your body — given our addiction to fat, salt, sugar, and corn syrup, given the absolute inevitability that this will indeed occur and soon — maybe you’ll hesitate just because you’ve sat through Forks Over Knives.
The film focuses on the research of two men, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. I won’t go through a play by play of the film, but here are a few eye-opening facts presented in the film that really stood out to me:
- When the Germans invaded Norway in 1940, they claimed all of the livestock to use for their own troops, thus, the people were forced to eat a plant based diet. Almost immediately, the death rate due to heart attack and stroke decreased drastically. As soon as the conflicted ended in 1945 and their diet returned to eating meat and dairy, the rate of heart attack and stroke skyrocketed.
- We are all born with genes and some of us may be predisposed to cancer genes, while others may develop them at some point in life. The film showed an interesting experiment in which rats rats were fed a diet of casein and the level of cancer genes were closely monitored. The rats that were fed a diet of 20% casein developed cancer genes at an alarming rate. However, when the casein was removed from the diet, the cancer genes stopped growing and spreading. When the casein was reintroduced, the cancer continued to spread.
Here are some frightening statistics:
- Over 50% of Americans are on some form of medication.
- We spend five times more on healthcare than we do on defense.
- One out of three people born in the US today will develop diabetes during their lifetime.
- Around the 1900s Americans ate, on average, 120 pounds of animal protein annually. In 2007, it was 222 pounds per person, per year.
- It’s estimated that only one to two percent of cancers develop solely from our genes. The other 98% is because of what we do to ourselves to develop it.
The film featured real life case studies on individuals who suffered from high cholesterol, diabetes, and other diet related health problems. These people choose to skip the medication and turn to a plant based diet. Within short periods of time, their health conditions did a complete 180 without medicine.
So, will this movie change the way I eat?
How could it not? Hard facts that prove eating processed foods is literally killing me were flashed before my eyes. Will I become a vegetarian? Probably not. However, focusing on eating only lean proteins, cutting out all processed food, and eating more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains is the way I plan on living out the rest of my life.
I challenge you to replace your processed foods with whole-food choices for just 30 days and FEEL the difference for yourself! If eating right can make you feel better that quickly, just think what it will do for you in the long run!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
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