“The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork…. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress is determined by the treatment of its animals.”
– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
I like to nurture my body by eating healthy food. Hence, an interest in gardening, farming, and a plant-based diet.
The food many people eat is unhealthy and addictive, and industrial farming is putting our health at risk because of the overuse of antibiotics. Climate change is another major threat, as Dr. George Wang pointed out in his excellent op-ed, Go Vegan, Save the Planet.
There is growing evidence to support a plant-based (i.e. vegeterian) diet. In general, the healthiest diet focuses on vegetables, legumes, and grains. Healthy diet is essential not just for the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease but also healthy aging. Regarding the prevention of type 2 diabetes the main issue is preventing our children from becoming overweight/obese in the first place.
A plant-based diet is good in the prevention of atherosclerosis and may be able to reverse established atherosclerosis. Vegeterians tend to have lower LDLs, and often pay close attention to what they consume (mindful eating).