I love vegetables! I like to search for information about what’s happening in the world and what the organizations responsible for our health are saying or at least some guidelines they give us to follow.
When it comes to eating less meat, people look at you in a strange way, as if you were insulting them, as if meat was the center of their universe. I’m not into that, I believe we have full freedom to choose how we age. I’m still not really that “aged” to think that aging is wonderful, but I get to see many people that are definitely not enjoying their age.
Suddenly, like enlightenment from above send me I see the light. There are people who in their 70´s look great. Some people don´t.
But, not to stray away from the topic, here are the facts:
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Dietitians of Canada state that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
- The World Health Organization, in its book “Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention“, ensures that, in the West, the more animal products are consumed, more chronic disease rates occur. We recommend, therefore, a diet based on plant products “plant-based diet”.
- The American Institute for Cancer Research and the Fund for World Cancer Research are calling for the predominant choice of diets based on plant foods rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, legumes, starchy foods and minimally processed limiting consumption of red meat, in case of eating it.
- The American Cancer Society recommends that most foods you chose are of plant origin.
- The American Heart Association recommends choosing a balanced diet emphasizing the use of vegetables, cereals, and fruits.
- The Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada, recommend the use of cereals and vegetables instead of the use of meat as the centerpiece of meals.
- The Unified Dietary Guidelines developed by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics made a call to eating a diet based on a variety of plant foods, including foods derived from cereals, vegetables, and fruits to reduce the risk of major chronic diseases.