These Eye-Opening Articles Demolish Dangerous Nutrition Myths
When I began researching meatless eating in 1995, I thought I was knowledgeable about nutrition. After all, everything I had been told from middle school on, whether from teachers, doctors, or the media, agreed that animal foods were necessary for good health. Meat was the center of my lunches and dinners.
My two daughters, then ages 11 and 13, had just declared they would not eat meat. Fooled by constant bombardment with food myths, I began to frantically study how to keep the kids alive and healthy until they began to eat meat again.
As I dug into facts in medical journal articles, books by plant-based dietitians and doctors, and conferences with national experts, I was stunned. Astonished. Dismayed. Because what I was finding was that everything I’d learned about nutrition was wrong. The truth directly contradicted my lifetime of accepting routine “information” on healthy eating. At first I was resistant to new ideas – who wouldn’t be?
But as my perception began to shift, I got hooked on nutrition research, and my pursuit of facts
continues to this day. I authored The Perfect Formula Diet to let others know what I was discovering, and continue to share developing thinking and science with everyone I can with my ongoing blogs.
Science in 2014 did not disappoint, continuing to support whole foods, plant-based diets as the most important element in achieving glowing health, abundant energy, and vigorous longevity. So I continue to author articles to bust the animal-food myths that are destroying the health of unsuspecting people, not to mention the life-support systems of our planet.
Here are the three of my 2014 posts that should prove most surprising to anyone who has not yet questioned obsolete nutrition myths.
BLOG 1 – The public is, for the most part, willing to reluctantly accept that “red meat” from cows and other mammals is less than healthy, and that the consumption of steak and burgers should be minimized. Birds, on the other hand, are held to be healthy to eat because their meat is generally lower in saturated fat.
However, it’s simplistic to look at just one nutrient or source of calories in foods, which generally contain thousands to hundreds of thousands of substances that can influence health. My blog “Five Dangers of Eating Poultry” describes critical reasons to steer clear of chicken and turkey with as much diligence as you’d use to avoid any other source of toxic calories. Here’s a link to this article, so you can discover five of the top hazards of consuming poultry.
BLOG 2 – The article on Dr. Milton Mills was fun to write, because I got a chance to learn how this brilliant physician is following his life path of proving, fact by little-known fact, that humans are natural herbivores (that is, exclusive plant eaters). Dr. Mills laughs easily as he shares his knowledge, such as that a carnivore can eat 30% of its own body weight at a sitting. That is 90 pounds for a 300 pound lion, and would be 45 pounds of meat for a 150 pound human, if we were truly designed to eat meat. He can fill hours of presentations with diagrams and pictures of skeletons, teeth, jaws, digestive systems, muscles, legs, feet, and much more to show the stark contract of plant-eating humans vs. meat-eating lions and wolves.
Dr. Mills is so sure of his science that he has a standing $10,000 offer of his own money out to followers of the ludicrous Paleo diet. As he told me, “I will give $10,000 to anyone who survives on the savannah of Africa for two weeks eating meat they scavenge from the kills of predators. There is a catch – you can’t take antibiotics or call a doctor or hospital after you have been eating rotting meat and sucking on bone marrow that’s been decaying in the African sun – assuming you can even find any and wrestle it away from lions. You also don’t get a gun to keep the carnivores from making a meal of you – you have to survive the way you think your Paleo ancestors did. It’s impossible, because humans never did and never could survive that way.”
Click here to read this blog that destroys the common myth that humans are designed to eat meat.
BLOG 3 – Not only are our meat-eating practices harmful and unnatural, but our animal-food diet is destroying the planet and driving species after species to extinction. Wolves,
bears, prairie dogs, elk, deer, and many more wild animals are massacred by the millions to maximize habitat for “grass-fed beef.”
This blog explore the facts presented by the fine nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity. This fearless group has been spearheading Take Extinction Off Your Plate to shatter the profit-driven myth that “grass-fed beef” is natural and good for the environment. In fact, eating meat, whether from factory farms or not, is unsustainable and is destroying our planet. Remember, in the end, you cannot be healthier than the planet you live on is.
Read on to learn more about the wildlife massacre that ranchers and the government are trying to hide from you, and how easily you can do your part to stop it.
If you enjoyed this post, you may want to learn why fish are not health food – thus escaping yet another hazardous myth that threatens your health and the life-support resources of our planet.
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Blog posting by Janice Stanger, Ph.D. Janice authored The Perfect Formula Diet: How to Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now With Six Kinds of Whole Foods, a nutrition book that busts myth after widespread myth to get your health soaring. Janice can’t wait to share more startling information in 2015.