Could eating a plant-based diet make you healthier?
That’s a question many are asking, especially in a time when COVID-19 is causing the world’s citizens to reconsider their lives and lifestyles. Some celebrities and influencers are even calling this a wake-up call that we need to stop eating animals. Let’s look at the facts.
The (Weak) Link Between Meat and Pandemics
In the book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, coauthored by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, the link between eating an animal-based diet and global pandemics is mentioned more than once. The authors even go so far as to say that, if everyone followed a plant-based diet, we could avoid future pandemics. (Keep in mind, this book was written prior to our current situation.)
Despite their assertion, a quick Google search doesn’t seem to offer any support. Sure, there are opinions that say veganism is a way to keep the world free of pandemics, but actual data is nearly impossible to find. PETA, however, does quote the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) statistic that roughly 75% of emerging infectious diseases had their roots with animals. These zoonotic viruses include mad cow disease, SARS, MERSA, ebola, H1N1, and now COVID-19. Knowing that animals are at the cause of such illnesses is an eye-opener, but it isn’t an A to B link.
Fact: Eating Meat Increases Health Risks
Okay, so it’s challenging to make a direct link between eating animals and getting COVID-19. But there’s no denying that a diet laden with meat and dairy products does cause health concerns. Scientists have been studying this correlation for years. In 2015, the National Center for Biotechnology Information published research that associates a diet heavy in red meat with increased risk of mortality, cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Still, Americans eat meat in quantities that are double the global average. And most health agencies suggest a reduction in red meat in our diets, mostly because of the health issues.
But we’re not listening.
Could a Plant-based Diet Make You Healthier?
If eating too much red meat can result in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, and other animal-based products have been shown to increase cholesterol, the answer here seems obvious.
While most health organizations don’t outright suggest a plant-based diet, they absolutely do suggest reducing animal products.
Eating a plant-based diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is a great way to fend off viruses and diseases. Plus, think of all the vitamin C you’ll get! In fact, you can obtain all of the vital nutrients your body needs to keep it healthy from eating a robust diet of plant-based foods.
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