Friday, November 4, 2011

Forks Over Knives

I watched this documentary that was just released in September called Forks Over Knives. It goes into the science and studies of a plant based, whole food diet, and how it can not only prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, but can actually reverse them in some cases. It was amazing to see these studies. For years they have watched to correlation between consumption on animal products and processed food with the massive amounts of deaths attributed to these diseases. So enlightening. Studying dietetics, we are taught the Department of Agricultures guidelines for the healthy diet of Americans. Even before seeing this documentary, I wondered about the manufacturers and corporate hand in what is "recommended". Are we recommending 3 servings of dairy because the dairy industry is involved in funding? Same for meat? I guess that could be pondered about with all the food groups. But this documentary shed more light on this issue. On a commitee of 11 people who made the decisions for the new MyPyramid, 6 of them had direct corporate agreements with manufacturers like Kraft, Beef association, Dairy industry, etc. Conflict of interest much? I feel strongly about doing more research into this way of life, and also on the influence of different corporations on the decisions of the dietary guidelines.

Ok, I'm off my soap box... For now.

Tomorrow morning, 8:00 workout. Teaching, and then family time. This is going to be an informative weekend... I think decisions will be made...

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