A Clip From The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell
‘…Almost all of us in the United States will die of diseases of affluence. In our China Study, we saw that nutrition has a very strong effect on these diseases. Plant based foods are linked to lower blood cholesterol; animal-based foods are linked to higher blood cholesterol; Animal-based foods are linked to higher breast cancer rates; plant-based foods are linked to lower rates. Fiber and antioxidants from plants are linked to a lower risk of cancers of the digestive tract. Plant-based diets and active lifestyles result in a healthy weight, yet permit people to become big and strong. Our study was comprehensive in design and comprehensive in its findings. From the labs of Virginia Tech and Cornell University to the far reaches of China, science was painting a clear, consistent picture: we can minimize our risk of contracting deadly diseases just by eating the right food.
The most important point of this book: Everything in food works together to create health or disease. Do these findings provide enough information to inform some practical decision-making? Absolutely. Few other dietary choices, if any, can offer the incredible benefits of looking good, growing tall and avoiding the vast majority of premature diseases in our culture. The result of my research findings has told me to wake up. From a boyhood of drinking at least two quarts of milk a day to an early professional career of scoffing at vegetarians, I have taken an unusual turn in my life. My cholesterol has dropped, even as I’ve aged; I am more physically fit now than when I was 25; and I am 45 pounds lighter now than when I was 30 years old. I am now at an ideal weight for my height. As we continue through this book, it is nothing short of astonishing…’