I recently stumbled upon this fantastic book called, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, by T. Colin Campbell. It is basically an addendum or addition to his first book The China Study. The main point of the books is to spread evidence and research to support the powerful effects of a diet coined “WFPB”. The diet is a whole foods, plant based diet. The book illustrated in great detail the effects of eating whole, unprocessed, fresh foods and eliminating animal products. Keep in mind the author grew up on a dairy farm and started his career by trying to find a way to turn a milk protein to a product that could aid in the world wide malnutrition epidemic. It is a fascinating read and offers a lot of solid evidence to support the idea that eating a diet full of whole fruits, vegetables, beans and grains can prevent numerous chronic illnesses and aid in weight management.
Again, I am not vegan or vegetarian but I could not dismiss this research and the ideas in this book. As I stated in an earlier post you should begin your meal planning, in my opinion, with fruits and vegetables and focus on very minimally processes food items. The closer the food item is to what it was when it came from the Earth’s soil the better. This book has encouraged me consume less animal products and find new ways to enjoy whole foods and plant based protein sources. Be on the lookout for recipes. Enjoy the food for thought!