This article is copyright © Nils Osmar 2019.
There are many factors contributing to human health and longevity. Our choice of food is one of them.
When we’re looking to improve our diets and build a stronger foundation for health, going plant-based may seem an obvious choice. We’re told repeatedly, both by articles in the mainstream media and by medical authorities, that eating a diet based around animal food products is inherently bad both for people and for the environment.
The “best alternative,” according to these articles, is to go vegan. No more meat, fish, eggs or dairy! No more saturated fat or cholesterol! Corn oil instead of fish oil! Margarine instead of butter! Soy instead of animal protein! “Veganism is the path to health and longevity!” “Eat vegan, and live to be 150 in perfect health?”
- But do these recommendations really make sense?
- Are they actually based in science?
- What’s the evidence for, or against, eating plants in lieu of meat?
- Is going low-cholesterol or low-protein or high fiber really good for people?
- If you eat an omnivore or carnivore diet, will your mTOR levels to through the roof, and actually shorten your life?
- Answering these questions in detail would require several articles. I do plan on writing them when I have the time. In the meantime, the article below puts the focus on my own experiences: Why I tried eating a vegan diet, what happened to my health when I did, and why I finally gave veganism up.