Time for another nutrition video!

In this video, I am reviewing the findings from a brand-spanking-new cohort study and meta-analysis published online just days ago, in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet.

The study examined the data from 15,428 US adults, aged 45–64 years, who were involved in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study, also known as the ARIC study, which investigated the association between the percentage of calories consumed from carbohydrates and all-cause mortality.

The researchers then combined the ARIC data with data from 7 additional multinational studies, which added 416,751 more participants to the data pool, bringing the total sample size of this paper to a whoppin’ 432,179.

Finally, they assessed whether substituting animal or plant sources of fat and protein for carbohydrate affected mortality in any way.

The researchers also controlled for age, sex, race, BMI, diabetes status, hypertension, smoking status, activity level, college education, income level, daily caloric intake, as well as daily macro nutrient intake and fiber intake of the participants.

Just putting that out there, before someone pulls the ubiquitous “but vegans tend to live a healthier lifestyle” card in trying to refute the findings I am about to present to you.

And I’ve linked this study over at my blog, so you can fact-check all of this at your own convenience.

What they found was that BOTH high and low carb diets are associated with increased mortality rates, with a lower mortality rate occurring when 50%-to-55% of calories come from carbohydrates.

That being said, lower-carb diets that favor animal-based protein and fat sources, such as from lamb, beef, pork, and chicken, are associated with a HIGHER mortality rate, while, unsurprisingly, those that favor plant-based protein and fat intake, such as from vegetables, nuts, peanut butter, and whole-grain breads, are associated with a LOWER mortality rate.

Certainly a HARD kick to the proverbial balls for the pro-meat, animal-based keto, and “Carnivore” crowds, and any dietary group like ’em. As if common sense wasn’t enough to refute their ridiculous dietary claims and choices.

And Jordan Peterson claims that a “beef-only” diet cured the depression afflicting both him and his daughter. Yeah, I’d love to see the citations supporting such a bold statement.

ESPECIALLY when Peterson’s daughter, Mikhaila, is also charging $90 Canadian, which is about $70 US, for hour-long Skype sessions advising folks about her diet.

I mean, for fuck sakes, both of my training and nutrition eBooks cost much less than that, and they’re both backed by a laundry-list of human studies, all of which I cite in the books for you to explore!

Listing references should be standard practice when making claims, especially claims which someone will profit from.

And the results that I’ve discussed in this video are in line with research from both 2009 and 2014, which found that high-fat, low-carb PLANT-based diets have heart-protective, lipid-lowering advantages compared to LOW-fat, higher-carb diets containing animal products.

Yes, a HIGH-fat VEGAN diet, complete with oft-maligned vegetable oil intake, is significantly healthier for you than a LOW-fat diet containing ANIMAL products. Let that sink in!

But, this isn’t of any shock to me, and it shouldn’t be to you if you watch this channel regularly.

The long-term Adventist Cohort studies, which had involved 151,332 participants in total by 2002, ALREADY found that vegans possess a 26%-to-68% LOWER risk of mortality from ischemic heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and cerebrovascular disease than do meat-eaters.

At this point, if you STILL consume animal products, despite the growing body of well-controlled, large-sample-size data available to us, then you are in the same category, in my opinion, as smokers who PAY a 39.1-billion dollar industry to assassinate them slowly and painfully, while subjecting those around them, including their children, to the documented harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

And you’ll only have yourselves to blame for any negative consequences that you may experience as a result of what you CHOOSE to put into your mouths.

Anyhow, stir up discussion in the comments below.



Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis

Effect of a 6-month vegan low-carbohydrate (‘Eco-Atkins’) diet on cardiovascular risk factors and body weight in hyperlipidaemic adults: a randomised controlled trial.

The effect of a plant-based low-carbohydrate (“Eco-Atkins”) diet on body weight and blood lipid concentrations in hyperlipidemic subjects.

Beyond Meatless, the Health Effects of Vegan Diets: Findings from the Adventist Cohorts

Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke

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