Jeff, in your article you mention the "low protein, low calorie diet of raw foods" of the vegans in the study
but you fail to mention their overall fat intake was 42.8%. Don't you think that bears mentioning?
Posted by Chris, March 8, 2014 at 01:24 PM
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Posted by Chris, March 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Hi Chris -- you're right, the vegans were eating a high fat diet with olive oil and nuts. But the fact it was low in calories seems to be the key, along with being low in saturated fat and protein. Again, this was a study looking at IGF-1 levels and other markers for cancer. Using it as a study about "vegan couch potatoes" vs. marathoners and carotid artery measurements -- is quite odd and really doesn't inform the average person about anything useful, in my opinion. And yet many vegans initially felt it signified a great deal. That's why I wrote about it. Cheers.
I appreciate you clarifying the video's results. I'd rather get an honest assessment and not think "I am totally healthy" simply because I am eating vegan.
When I first started as a vegan, I ate lots of Reece's Puffs and hydrogenated peanut butter and probably ate a lot of palm oil. I went vegan for the animals (but again didn't know the connection of palm oil to orangutans' habitats), and didn't think about the health benefits much.
I don't know how I found out about Dr. McDougall, but I started reading his newsletter articles and became enlightened about the importance of having clean arteries. It took awhile to become more educated about what to eat. There are lots of variations to the vegan diet, so I'm sure results can vary greatly!
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