“What is the Healthiest Diet?”
Bob and Sally are confused.
They want to eat healthy, but there’s so much confusing information out there. Which diet is really the best one?
Yes, there’s calcium in cheese, protein in pork, and iron in beef, but what about all the baggage that comes along with these nutrients: the dose of dairy hormones, the lard, the saturated fat?
As much as Burger King proclaims you can have it your way, you can’t go up to the counter and ask for a burger— hold the saturated fat and cholesterol.
Food is a packaged deal. Dairy is the number one source of calcium in the United States, but it’s also the number one source of saturated fat. But what kind of baggage do you get along with the calcium in dark green leafy vegetables? Fiber, folate, iron, antioxidants — some of the very nutrients lacking in milk.
Plant foods average 64 times more antioxidants than animal food. By getting most of your nutrition from whole plant foods, you get more of a bonus, instead of baggage.
When the National Pork Board promotes ham as an excellent source of protein, I can’t help but think of the famous quote from a McDonald’s senior vice president for marketing, who, under oath in a court of law, described Coca-Cola as nutritious because it is providing water.
Research shows that a plant-based diet can help you lose weight, it can be used to prevent and treat diabetes and heart disease, lower blood pressure, and can help you live longer. It looks like grandma was right when she said, “Eat your veggies.”