The Best Answers

There is just too much information out there, some is junk.  Instead of listing a gazilion articles, we read them, and select the best answers, including the reliable scientific background.  When there are reasonable counterpoints, we list them, but we don't play Devil's advocate just for the sake of it.


Can I get enough protein from plants?

Yes.  It's nearly impossible to be protein deficient if you are eating sufficient calories from plants, and athletes are learning that they perform better on a plant-based diet.

See article from PCRM.


Does soy cause breast cancer?  

There is no scientific evidence that soy will cause cancer or hormonal imbalance. As far as science knows, soy is a safe and nutritious food.

See article from Mayo Clinic.

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Will soy grow breasts in men, or cause them to become effeminate?

Seriously?  No.

If that could possibly happen at all, it's more likely the excess estrogen in cow milk would cause it.

See article from sciencedirect.


What about Evolution? Didn't cavemen eat mostly meat in the Paleolithic period?

Cavemen were not cattle farmers nor were they great hunters; they ate mostly plants and small animals.

We indeed evolved to seek the most caloric food options, not necessarily the healthiest, because the food was scarce.  Evolution doesn't care if you are healthy through your 90s, only that you reach the age of reproduction. 

See article at the smithsonianmag.


What causes diabetes type 2?

The major cause for Diabetes Type 2 is the accumulation of fat in our muscles, liver and bloodstream.  A low fat WFPB lifestyle may prevent or reverse diabetes type 2.

See article from nutritionfacts.


Isn't it too extreme to eat WFPB?

"Half a million people a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme”.  Dr. Calwell Esselstyn, Cardiologist.

See article from cleveland.

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Isn't olive oil good for you?  And coconut oil?

As much as we would like it to be true, I'm afraid there is no such thing as a good oil. They are all chemically very similar, the major difference is in the heat resistance to releasing free radicals of oxygen.  Any benefit from the Omega 3s is competely offset by all the other bad stuff that comes along.  They all have too many calories (120 per tablespoon) and not only contribute to obesity and a number of diseases but also compromise our performance, whether we are an athlete trying to run faster or just want to stay awake in the afternoon.

See article at webmd.

See article at the nutritionstudies.


Are nuts healthy?

Yes.  Nuts are loaded with protein and healthy fatty acids that are necessary for our cells structural flexibility and a number of other bodily functions.  Excess fat, however, is not desirable, so, moderation.

Dr. Esselstyn, the country's lead plant-based cardiologist recommends that heart disease patients avoid nuts and avocados. 

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Does bread make me fat?

Quoting a brilliant lady in a blog: "Bread gets a bad reputation from the companies it keeps".  Whole grain bread and pasta are nutritious, regulate our metabolism, clean our digestive system and blood, and generally, don't cause glycemic spikes.  They contribute to our feeling of satiated after a meal.   A 750 calorie grilled cheese sandwich, for example, would have a total of 600 calories from the cheese and butter, and only 150 calories from the whole wheat bread.  The issue is not the bread.

See article from webmd.


Should I avoid gluten?

If a person is not sensitive to gluten, there is no benefit in avoiding it.  We strongly recommend, however, to give preference to whole grain bread and pasta, which is an easy step with enormous health benefits.

There is speculation that current GMO wheat crops might be harder to digest, causing more people to be sensitive.  We are hoping that more and better scientific data will soo clarify this concern.

See article from newyorktimes.


Does eating plant-based really help the environment?

Yes.  Eating plant-based is the highest impact action person can take to reverse climate change; more than buying a hybrid car, solar panels or a tiny home.

See article from sciencenews.

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What is the difference between Vegan, Plant-Based and Whole Foods Plant-Based?

Vegan generally refers to an ethically motivated lifestyle of avoiding harm and abuse to animals.  Plant-based refers to the dietary choice of avoiding animal products.  The whole foods specification comes from the health-oriented concern of avoiding plant-based foods that are highly processed and refined, including white flours, oils and excessive sugar and salt.  Most people who follow a vegan, plant-based or WFPB lifestyle are motivated by a combination of human health, animal welfare, and environmental concerns.

See article from Huffingtonpost

See article from nutritionstudies


SeeWhat's the story with cows farting methane?  Is that a joke?

Emitting methane is natural for ruminants.  It is not natural that we now have as much as 1.5 billion cattle livestock around the world.  The problem is aggravated by feeding grains to cattle, which is harder to digest, and by regions of the world where forests are devastated to make room for pastures.

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Why are the meat and dairy industries considered inhumane?  

It's not only that animals are killed for our consumption, it's also the horrific conditions in which they live in at Factory Farms.  This is one of many websites that list the various inhumane conditions in which animals live.  Warning: the images are graphic, intense, traumatizing and heart-breaking. 

See article from aidanimals.


What's wrong with cage-free eggs?

Set aside the spectacular concentration of cholesterol in the egg yolk and the harm caused by the animal proteins in both whites and yolks, the cage free eggs are not that great for the chickens either:  all male chicks are immediately killed at birth, usually in a grinder.  Females are allowed to live a fraction of their natural lives, and the living conditions aren't great.

See article from humanemyth.

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Is fish OK?

We need to break the answer in 2 parts: from a nutritional point of view, fish contain cholesterol and harmful animal proteins; sea fish are largely contaminated with mercury and other toxins, and farmed fish often sim in filthy waters, so, they are not a healthy food.  From a humane point of view; there is a perceived controversy as to the level conscience and sensitivity of fish, due to their relatively simple nervous system.  Those of us who prefer a cruelty free live are certain that fish do feel pain, and it is not comparable to the "pain" a lettuce might feel when it's plucked.

See article at the smithsonianmag

See article at nutritionstudies


Don't we need milk, for calcium?

We definitely need calcium, but not from dairy milk.  Almost all the calcium we get from milk is used to balance the pH in our blood from the acidity found in the milk protein.  Dark leaves, fruits, seeds and nuts are better sources of calcium.

We can't refrain from to mentioning that the study of milk protein got  

See article from webmd


Isn't sugar vegan?  And flour?

Much of refined sugars and flour use bone char in the refining process.  Whole grain flours and raw sugars are less likely to use bone char.  Those of us who seek to live a vegan lifestyle constantly find new information from the food, clothing, farmaceutical and cosmetic industries as to use of animal products and byproducts.  While it is up to each individual to draw the line on what they will consume, and we understand that at any production at some point we'll eventually find a leather chair or so, we like to encourage companies to go the extra mile to avoid the use animal products.  

See article from ordinaryvegan.