Forks Over Knives & The China Study

This is a documentary film which summarizes everything I’ve been saying lately about dietary health:

It’s based on the observations of the China Study:

To everyone’s surprise, the book, called “The China Study,” has since sold 500,000 copies, making it one of the country’s best-selling nutrition titles. The book focuses on the knowledge gained from the China Study, a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine that showed high consumption of animal-based foods is associated with more chronic disease, while those who ate primarily a plant-based diet were the healthiest.

Last fall, former President Bill Clinton even cited the book in explaining how he lost 24 pounds by converting to a plant-based diet in hopes of improving his heart health. The president gave up dairy, switching to almond milk, and says he lives primarily on beans and other legumes, vegetables and fruit, although he will, on rare occasions, eat fish.

The study established a causal relationship between dietary patterns and chronic diseases. The standard American diet, which typically includes high consumption of animal-based foods (meat, dairy and fat) and low consumption of plant foods (whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, peas, and lentils), was found to contribute “to low-grade systemic inflammation and oxidative tissue stress and irritation, placing the immune system in an overactive state.” In addition, it contributes to a host of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Even small amounts of animal-based food were associated with a small but measurable increase in risk of these chronic diseases.

The China study proved the healthiest diets may be based on whole, plant foods; the more plant-based foods and the fewer animal-based foods in the diet, the better the health outcomes may be.