Saturday, December 07, 2019

How PCRM Changed the World in 2019

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Plant-based eating myths, busted

Plant-based diets are no fad. There are big reasons to make the switch: it's more nutritious, it's better for the Earth, and it's better for animal welfare.
But there are big reasons holding many of us back. Speaking to Coach, Simon Hill, who has a plant-based nutrition certificate from Cornell University, clears up the common myths about this way of eating.

Myth: Plant-based means going full vegan

A plant-based diet isn't all-or-nothing: it doesn't mean eliminating animal foods entirely, but simply changing the focus of your diet to plants.
Hill cites food movements like flexitarianism (flexible vegetarianism), pescetarianism (limiting animal foods to fish) and meat-free Monday (exactly what it sounds like) as some of the many different approaches to plant-based eating.
"The way that we eat, we like to label it," he says. "But it's not black and white. Health is a spectrum, and people can move along that spectrum to whatever extent works for them and fits into their lifestyle."

Myth: It's a hard switch to make

It does take some effort and experimentation to eat more plant-based foods, but the learning curve isn't as steep as you probably think.
"It might take you a couple of weeks to find your favourite [plant-based] recipes," Hill acknowledges. "But once you work out how you like to season or spice or marinate those foods, just like you would with your steak and chicken, the preparation time is exactly the same."
The internet and social media overflow with plant-based inspiration and support, while savvy restaurateurs are adding plant-based options to their menus. Food providers, like Eimele, deliver plant-based meals to your door (tomato, basil and lentil soup, anyone?) that are not only tasty and convenient, but also high in plant protein, vitamins and minerals.

Myth: You won't get enough protein

A biology primer: Protein is made up of molecules called amino acids, which are the building blocks of life, and there are nine amino acids that humans can only source from food.
High-protein animal foods (meat, eggs, dairy) typically each contain all nine of these amino acids, whereas high-protein plant foods (grains, nuts, beans) don't have the complete set. That's long been interpreted to mean that plant protein is lower quality than animal protein.
"Very, very big myth," says Hill. "As long as you're eating a healthy mix of different plant-based food groups, and you're consuming enough kilojoules, then you'll be getting all the adequate amounts of the essential amino acids."

Myth: It doesn't allow you to build muscle

Your body uses plant proteins to build strong, lean muscle just as well as it uses animal proteins.
"I get hundreds of messages from people who are amazed by the gains that they're getting in the gym [after they switch to a plant-based diet]," Hill says. "They feel better, they're recovering better, they're able to maintain or build their muscle."
Take a moment to check out Hill's Instagram profile. Still think someone who only eats a plant-based diet can't build muscle?
Eimele offers a delicious range of plant-based soups, porridges and snack bars. The entire range is tasty, healthy, high in fibre, plant protein and healthy fats to keep you feeling satisfied.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Response to The Heart Foundation Dietary Advice

We are shocked and appalled by the new Heart Foundation dietary advice. The direction that nutrition has taken in Australia is a human health and environmental disaster. The Heart Foundation adds fuel to the high animal product/low carb ideology that has been endorsed by CSIRO and embraced by health practitioners and the public. Other nations have not followed this trend. The American Heart Association recommends restricting high fat dairy foods and Canada has removed the dairy foods group from its dietary guidelines.
The Heart Foundation has released new position statements on ‘Heart Healthy Eating’ – high fat dairy foods are back, and eggs are no longer restricted to one per day. There is a caveat that this does not apply to people with heart disease, diabetes or high cholesterol. That could be almost everyone: it’s Malcolm’s clinical (GP) experience that most of his patients have cholesterol levels above the safe range unless they are plant-based or already on medication for high cholesterol, and most adult Australians have significant undiagnosed artery disease.
There are some odd conclusions in the Heart Foundation documents – egg consumption increases the risk of diabetes (by 68%) and the subsequent risk of heart disease, but eggs are apparently ok until they give you diabetes.
It would be a monumental task to go through the new Heart Foundation position statements and evidence reports and to deconstruct the ‘evidence’ they used to conclude that eating high fat animal products is heart healthy. The reports acknowledged that a fair bit of the ‘evidence’ came from food industry funded studies and we have previously observed that the influence of research funding goes well beyond that which is declared. Dr McDougall has said that we have the truth but they have the money.
The Heart Foundation experts do not seem to have discovered TMAO, a new and powerful heart risk factor, which was a ground-breaking discovery in 2013, and has been supported by many further studies including a recent Australian study which found high TMAO levels in people on Paleo diets. TMAO in the blood comes from the action of gut microbes on the carnitine in red meat and the choline in eggs and other animal products. People on long term plant-based diets do not produce TMAO. An inconvenient truth for meat and eggs? A low-fat whole food plant-based diet is the only one – published in the peer reviewed literature – showing reversal of heart disease. Whilst the Heart Foundation does recommend eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and wholegrains, they should have foreseen that their position statements would generate media headlines such as ‘eat more cheese’ which would be happily taken up by the general public who “love to hear good news about their bad habits”.
PS We have two FAQs on our website which address the egg and dairy industry research.

The above post shared from Plant Based Health Australia Facebook

Friday, June 07, 2019

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

You Will Never Look at Your Life in the Same Way Again | Eye-Opening Speech!

Is Eating Animals A Personal Choice?

There is very little that will ever get someone as upset and defensive as when you tell them what to eat. many conversations about veganism find their way to this point: The statement that you can’t tell people what to eat because it’s their personal choice. This often comes in the adage: “I respect your choice to be vegan, you should respect my right not to be.” But when our right to make our own dietary choice begins to infringe upon the rights of others, whose rights take priority?

You see, what we choose to eat has a huge impact on the world in a number of ways, including environmentally, socially, and morally.  The animal products industry is the most environmentally devastating force on the planet.  Our choice to eat meat, dairy and eggs impacts more than just our stomachs: It tears down forests, uses insane quantities of water, creates massive pollution, and diverts over 80 percent of the world’s crops to livestock.  Crops that could otherwise easily feed the world’s hungry.

So while respecting your choice to eat animal products may seem important from a personal freedom standpoint, what about respecting the environment and the future generations who have to live in the wake of our destruction?  What about respecting the people who can’t put food in their stomachs because your right to eat animal products took precedence?

This may seem like an indirect effect of dietary choice but the links of the chain are clear when you look for them.  The way we live today removes us so severely from the origin of our food and the impact that it has.  We walk into a grocery store and grab something, or swing through the drive through without a second thought as to where the food came from, whom it came from, and at what cost.

We speak of personal choice and respect while animals are tortured and killed at the hands of our appetites.  So I will say this: If your choice is to eat animal products, then you should be aware of what those choices really entail.  I’d urge you to watch the footage in the video above.  If you find you cannot watch, then I’d ask you the question: If it’s not good enough for your eyes, why is it good enough for your stomach?  If you can't stand to see it or talk about it, how can you stand to eat it?

Which rights are more valid: Our right to eat dairy or a mother cow’s right to not have her child torn from her side and sent to slaughter?   When you choose to eat dairy, you support the veal industry.  You sentence a mother cow to a lifetime of forced pregnancies, endless milkings and infections, all culminating in her body giving out twenty years before her natural lifespan and her being sent to slaughter for cheap meats.
When you choose to eat eggs, your right to your breakfast comes at the cost of countless lives: Male layer chicks are ground up alive as they are of no use to the egg industry.  Layer hens are kept in cramped sheds on top of one another even in so-called cage free and free range facilities. their sensitive beaks are cut off without anesthetics.

When you choose to eat meat, you are literally putting your right to choose above another’s right to live.  You may say, “but these are just animals.”  I ask you to look into their eyes and tell me.  Is that not fear?  Do they not suffer?  They know what is coming when they walk up the chute to slaughter.  They hear the noises. They smell the blood.

It is important that we begin to live as though we are interconnected with each other, the animals, and the planet.  Because we are.  My choices for what goes inside my body affect more than just me.

I’m not saying personal rights aren’t important.  In fact, that’s the opposite of what I’m saying. But my right to choose ends where another’s nose begins.  Just as my rights do not extend to me being legally allowed to beat someone up, so to should my right to choose what I eat not extend to choices which devastate the environment, take food from the hungry, and torture and murder other beings.

Monday, December 31, 2018