In case you're concerned about protein and calcium intake, animal protein actually causes increased
calcium loss. Calcium requirements for those on lower protein, plant-based diets are below the usual
recommendations as there is no calcium loss with plant protein. Osteoporosis is a disease of protein
excess. Human daily protein requirement is only about 5%. Plants contain an abundance
of on average 10% protein.
The [American] National Research Council itself (which set the RDA values in the first place), acknowledges that
people have been able to maintain their calcium balance on intakes of as low as 200 - 400 gm/day. They recommended
the 800 mg/day because of the excessively HIGH PROTEIN diet of most Westerners. So if you want strong bones, reduce
your protein and increase your vegetables. Think about it...how much meat and dairy does a gorilla eat each day? If
you are eating enough to maintain yourself you will be in absolutely no danger of being deficient.
Avoiding processed foods containing excitotoxins is also vital for long term good health. Don't use MSG and MSG-like substances, such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein -- chemical ingredients that most people should avoid due to potential brain and nervous system damage. Check for suspect wording used to disguise MSG in products, such as "spices" and "natural flavorings."
Traditional soy foods such as tamari and miso and tofu are okay, but not the fake soy meats and cheeses
Cut out all meat, all fish, all dairy, and all oils. Yes, all oils, even olive oil! Avoid high fat olives and avocados. Check out the science behind this, here
Four Principles of Healthy Eating:
1 Eat a plant-based diet - no animal foods.
2 Avoid oil, sugar, and salt (the SOS-Free Diet, as coined by Dr. Goldhammer)
3 Get over 80% of total calories from carbohydrates, and less than 20% from fats and protein.
4 Eat whole foods
Fill up on beans, lentils, oats, rice, quinoa, corn, potatoes, vegetables, leafy greens and fruits. Eat organic produce as much as possible, there is some correllation between organic food and vitamin B12 levels.
The following people have publicly adopted a plant based diet
Dr. Benjamin Spock: Yes, in his later years, after having his own health problems and then going meat free, he updated the seventh edition of his famous Baby and Child Care book to recommend avoiding meat and dairy for babies. With all the hormones and toxic chemicals in the meat supply now, giving growing children meat is just asinine.
Jeff Giuliano: Yes, the former Ronald McDonald got tired of putting a happy face on animal suffering and poor nutrition (and needless to say, eating crap)
Converting food fat into body fat is easy; the process doesn't even modify the molecules. Research scientists can actually take fat biopsies off your hips or waist and tell you where it came from — pig fat, dairy fat, chicken fat, olive oil; the fat is still the same as it was on your plate, but now it's under your skin. The saying "from your lips to your hips" is literal : Fat is also an appetite stimulant — the more you eat, the more you want. From Eat To Live by Dr Joel Fuhrman
It's not the calcium you eat that's important, it's the excess protien (over 10% of your total calories) leaching calcium from your bones that affects your final calcium balance and creates a negative balance
Ex-President Bill Clinton embraces the plant based diet after twice undergoing heart surgery
"If the human body was well-adapted to a diet of animal products, wouldn't we have highly acidic digestive tracts that would allow us to safely eat the bacteria laden, decomposing bodies of animals... and wouldn't we find the sight of raw, bloody flesh exciting instead of repulsive... and wouldn't we have a more natural way of dealing with animal fats and cholesterol than open-heart surgery?" - Robert Hansard
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." - Albert Einstein