Aside from politics, there’s hardly anything so controversial as food and diet choices. High on the list of concern is – should I change to a meatless diet?
Countless thousands of people over the last 40 years or so have gone through the diet evolution, from low carb-high protein, high carb-low protein, fruitarian, vegetarian, vegan, caveman, mediterranean and many more variations or tweaked versions of the above.
Through all this wild diversity, the motivations have remained constant – to be healthy, thin, young and beautiful.
In this generation or so, we have hit the raw food, vegan and vegetarian movement. Raw food has assumed a high place as of late; it seems to be another variation of vegetarian or vegan but many see it as an evolvement or enhancement of those, as well as a diet that assures you will gain what you were supposed to from any of the others mentioned, particularly just vegetarian.
First, to clarify the difference between the three: vegetarians simply eat a meatless diet. They do eat animal-related foods like yogurt, cheese, etc. as well as cooked food, including grains.
Vegans do not eat meat or anything produced by animals, such as milk, eggs, cheese, etc. but they eat cooked food.
A raw foodist, one who eats at least 60% raw, is motivated not only by ethical and/or health concerns, as a vegetarian, but also for weight reduction and the belief that enzymes in food are killed by cooking,
Further, to increase the amount of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, chlorophyll and enzymes, the raw foodist will soak grains and beans rather than cook them. However, many raw foodists’ diet is not meatless – they just eat it raw.
You can check out die-hard raw-foodists on youtube such as Matt and Angela Monarch, Annette Larkins, David Wolfe, Victoria Boutemko and the very impressive Mimi Kirk, a woman in her mid-seventies who looks decades younger.
In this country, many of us eat a whole lot more than in other countries, especially third-world countries, yet we are nutritionally starved and damaged by most foods on the mainstream market, thanks to McDonald’s and Monsanto, according to most nutritionists and alternative health practitioners.
For example, according to Natural News, the herbicide glyphosate, produced by Monsanto, has been known to cause Parkinsons, infertility and cancer in humans as well as kill human cells.
Regarding McDonald’s, dietitians say they sell food that causes cancer, diabetes, weight and heart problems. Also, see the documentary free online, “Supersize me” which shows one man’s health deteriorate rapidly by eating McDonald’s for a a month
In this light, it is easy to surmise how one would do very well on a raw food diet after a steady, often life-long indulgence in conventional foods such as what you find in conventional supermarkets.
Taking this thought further, a raw vegan diet is considered a cleansing diet by some which is the main reason many feel so good after eating junk food, especially as a life style. But what happens after that?
According to the Healthy Home Economist, on a raw food diet, over time the body becomes starved of minerals, even though one would eat tons of minerals, and develop serious health issues because “…the fat soluble activators A, D and K2 – only found in animal foods”.
The raging debate over B12 and whether or not it is satisfied on a meatless diet is answered by Dr. Mercola, a former vegetarian for many years and greatly popular alternative medical doctor. He goes into the dangers of B12 deficiency in his article on vegetarianism and lays out 15 myths on the benefits of this diet choice.
In one of them, the claim that in India people get their B12 in sufficient amounts, though they are vegetarians is refuted by Dr. Mercola by saying this is because of their poor cleaning practices; their food still has bugs and other bits of animal protein on it. So that’s how Indians get their B12. But when many Indians moved to England where the food was much more sanitary and therefore stripped of these tiny bits of protein, they suffered from B12 deficiency.
In Dr. Mercola’s vast experience, he feels that a few people do well on meatless diets but the majority do not, although he says a meatless diet for a short period is good to heal the body.
Whether you choose to go meatless or not, maybe you can digest this information first and then make your diet choice.
Written by Lucille Femine