Research that has not been published just yet is making headlines everywhere. Recently at the Unite to Cure Fourth International Vatican Conference, one Harvard Professor revealed something that has everyone blown away.
Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School just this past April revealed something interesting. He spoke about a study that suggests roughly one-third of early deaths could be prevented by everyone moving towards a much more plant-based diet. This amounting to about 200,000 lives each year being lost because we refuse to cut back on our meat intake. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But is it?
He said as follows:
“We have been doing some calculations looking at the question of how much could we reduce mortality [by] shifting toward a healthy, more plant-based diet, not necessarily totally vegan, and our estimate is about a third of deaths could be prevented,”
“That’s not even talking about physical activity or not smoking, and that’s all deaths, not just cancer deaths,”
“That’s probably an underestimate as well as that doesn’t take into account the fact that obesity is important and we controlled for obesity.”
It seems the benefits to a plant-based diet are not being brought to the public eye enough. Don’t get me wrong, not all plant-based diets are good for us but if we are maintaining the right balance within our diet be it all plants or mostly plants we can reap some serious benefits. With Veganism and Vegetarianism becoming much more widely accepted this kind of shift could make a huge difference in our overall health.
Even assigning specific days of the week to be meatless might be a good idea. For example, here in my house, we will now be having ‘meatless Monday’s.’ Perhaps playing around with your diet a bit might be something you should look into. Figure out what works for you and go from there.
What do you think about all of this? Could plant-based diets really make this much of a difference? Will you be making the switch or at least look more into the things you are eating?
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