Veganism & Death (RESEARCH!)

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Just a quick heads-up before I kick off: I may not be able to produce a video next week due to other obligations. The same with the consecutive weeks of September 2nd and September 9th.

However, I will be producing a video the week of August 26th, and will return to my normal, weekly production schedule starting the week of September 16th.

I do apologize in advance for these interruptions, but I must prioritize other matters in my life for those three weeks.

Now… I am probably going to sound pretty monotonous to most of you with this video, but I still feel that sharing this sort of information is important. Especially given the sea of hate vegans are being bombarded with of late.

I feel it is good to add this sort of data to our arsenal, and reference it as needed.

And, perhaps, for the newer vegans watching, this will offer you some reassurance.

In any case, the paper I am reviewing was published in April of 2018 in The Journal of Nutrition. The authors had analyzed the data of 11,879 participants, aged between 20-to-80 years, who were all part of the The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Researchers wanted to investigate “associations between plant-based diet indexes and all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality in a nationally representative sample of US adults.”

The researchers had excluded any folks with a history of stroke, heart attack, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and/or chronic kidney disease at baseline. This brought the initial sample size of 17,287 down to 11,879. In other words, eliminating 5,408 participants from the final analysis for not meeting standards.

Food intake for each participant was measured and food items were categorized as “animal products”, or “healthful plant foods”, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, or “less-healthful plant foods”, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, sweets and desserts, potatoes, and refined grains. The researchers also controlled for margarine intake due to the potential for trans fat content.

Furthermore, participants were adjusted for age, sex, ethnicity, calorie intake, education, federal poverty level, marital status, smoking status, physical activity, alcohol consumption, BMI, baseline hypertension, serum cholesterol, kidney function, and menopausal status.

To summarize the conclusion, the researchers found that an adherence to a healthy plant-based diet, specifically, was associated with a lowered risk of all-cause mortality in US adults.

And to re-iterate, healthy plant-based foods included, but were not limited to fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

But, on a side note, even if you do primarily consume “healthy plant-based foods”, you can err dietarily by other means… such as an inappropriate macro intake, like consuming too little fat and/or protein. So, just keep that in mind.

And on that note, back in 2016, I did a comprehensive video on the importance of dietary fat. I recommend that you check it out. It is linked below.

But, back to the study’s results, while they only provide a strong CORRELATION between consuming a healthy, plant-based diet and a lowered risk of death from all-causes, we ARE still seeing this same sort of correlation time-and-time again in the research.

For example, we have numerous systematic reviews and meta-analyses demonstrating a myriad health benefits from plant-based dieting, including lowered risk of obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Thus, I feel it would be foolhardy to disregard the large body of data that we do possess simply because “correlation does not imply causation”.

Nonetheless, further, especially long-term research would be beneficial.

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below, and that includes any hate. I predict that the anti-vegans and carnivores will be out in full force in the comment section. Like clockwork.

Not that their vitriolic campaign appears to be having the effect that they desire on the general public, especially when you look at the data that I presented in my recent video titled “The TRUTH About the VEGAN AGENDA”. In fact, quite an opposite trend is occurring to what the anti-vegan and carnivore crowd would want.

REFERENCES

The Truth About Low-Fat Diets! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cGD8co4-fo

Healthy Plant-Based Diets Are Associated with Lower Risk of All-Cause Mortality in US Adults https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/148/4/624/4965931?searchresult=1

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