I do a lot of research and reading on nutrition. It seems like a “new” take on what we should be eating launches every day. Are you as confused as I am? Well, I think we’ve all read that a “plant based” diet is THE healthiest form of eating. Here is another side of the story by Mike Geary “The Nutrition Watchdog”. Let me know what YOU think about this raging debate.
MIKE GEARY SAYS…
I have to go on a little rant today, because as a nutritionist, I’m fed up with hearing all of this BS about “plant-based” everything these days.
Everywhere you look the media and big companies are labeling everything and anything “plant-based” as if that somehow means that something is healthy.
First of all, “plant-based” is a garbage term that has almost no meaning if you think about it…
For example, SUGAR is “plant-based”, and it’s one of THE worst foods on the planet that you can consume…
In addition, refined vegetable oils (and even trans fats from hydrogenated oils too) are “plant-based” and along with sugar, these 2 “plant-based” foods are THE single biggest cause of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. On the other hand, more recent properly designed studies show that unprocessed RED MEAT has zero link to heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
Then we also have GMO soy, GMO corn, and glyphosate-laden wheat too… all 3 of those foods are “plant-based” as well, and just like sugar and vegetable oils, they are 3 of the WORST foods you can put in your mouth, and are KILLING millions of people.
Yet somehow, giant food companies, deceptive vegan documentaries, and the media have brainwashed the masses these days into thinking that anything labeled “plant-based” is somehow something you should eat. Apparently even KFC released a “plant-based fried chicken” recently that had people waiting in long lines to buy a bunch of deep fried inflammatory garbage ingredients that just happened to be made from plants (unhealthy highly processed plants too)…
Another example is if we take a look at the whole ridiculous trend these days towards “plant-based” burgers… I have no idea why anybody in their right mind would think that a FAKE burger made of genetically-modified soy, genetically modified yeast, and other highly processed ingredients was in some way healthier than REAL meat (which has been one of the mainstays of the ancestral human diet for hundreds of thousands of years) … but I guess the plant-based companies like Impossible Burger have done a really good job at marketing and brainwashing millions into thinking that highly processed GMO soy is better for us than real food.
Now, I’m not going to defend feedlot beef (CAFO beef)…I personally ONLY eat grass-fed, grass-finished beef (which is not only superior nutritionally to both conventional feedlot beef AND plant-based burgers, but also more responsible environmentally too), and I try to avoid conventional feedlot beef about 99% of the time. But to somehow make the leap that just because feedlot beef has it’s issues, that a fake processed GMO soy burger like Impossible Burger is healthier, is quite a shocking bit of brainwashing.
It’s amazing to me that so many millions of people have fallen for this whole “plant-based” scam… If you think about it, there’s a LOT of plants that are some of the WORST foods in our entire food supply… such as how I mentioned sugar, vegetable oil, corn, soy and wheat above. There’s lots of other examples of plants that are terrible for you too… Bread, pasta, candy, cakes, cookies, soda, etc are generally all “plant-based”, and NONE of them are good for you! Of course, there are examples of plant foods that CAN be good for you too, such as fruits, some veggies (based on your genetics), roots, nuts, seeds, etc.
However, keep in mind that even some plants that most people think are healthy, are NOT always healthy for everybody, or can be actually quite harmful if you eat them too much, such as how we explained the dark side of kale here, or how tomatoes can be harmful to some people here. Nutrition isn’t as easy as just saying “veggies are good”, because that’s not always the case. Plants have a lot of toxins and antinutrients in them, and our genetics are also quite different from one person to another… For example, people with genetics from far northern latitudes (such as northern european background) often thrive on a much higher protein diet with more meat and fish (since plants weren’t available in the long northern winters for our ancestors), and less leaves and other plants, so the discussion needs to be much more nuanced than the whole “plant based” propaganda that’s filling your newsfeed these days.
Lastly for today, on this topic of plant-based foods or vegan foods, here are a few articles below to remind you of how you can DESTROY your health by eating vegan. It’s a serious issue that most vegan followers don’t even truly understand the ramifications of… but I’ve seen it hundreds of times…
Anybody I know that’s gone vegan generally ends up having severe digestive issues, losing their hair, malnourishment, thyroid issues, and just plain looking sickly and frail. They tend to AGE a lot faster because of the malnutrition. But they can’t even see how they’re destroying their health because they’re so brainwashed by the vegan community that spews out nothing but lie after lie, all based on emotions instead of science. It’s sad really. They think they’re doing the right thing by saving animals, but they’re actually HARMING HUMANS with their terrible advice.
Plus, it’s important to get the word out that for CHILDREN or toddlers that a vegan diet can cause permanent brain damage, lack of development of the brain, harm to the immune system, and lots of other developmental problems, so this is another reason it’s VERY important we dismiss all of this vegan propaganda that goes around these days, because it’s harming people in a serious way.
INTERESTING, right? Which side of this debate do you fall on?