What is the Ideal Diet?

Last year I read the China Study and was thoroughly convinced by the arguments.  Since then spouse Gail and I have been on a fairly strict Whole Food Plant Based diet.  A particular problem for me is my morning cappuccino.  I've tried a lot of different soy milks, rice milk, etc. and finally settled on a brand of oat milk called Oatly  that I can find in our local supermarket.  This produces a good foam and tastes great.  Better than the original!

We are almost completely vegan, though we might slip in a lamb chop on very special occasions.  I'm not sure it is necessary to go the whole way to veganism though, if you have no major health issues. 

I was supported in this more moderate approach by the recent dietary targets contained in the report Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems

My take-away from the report:

  • Most food you eat should be Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) consisting of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, consistent with the China Study.
  • There is no evidence presented in the report that a strict vegan diet is any better than a diet with very small amounts of fish, chicken, dairy products, in fact a diet containing a small amount of fish may be the most healthy of all.
  • Red meat of any kind is definitely harmful and should be avoided.
  • Eat Less!

I would qualify this.  For anyone with cancer or cardiovascular disease there is a lot of evidence supporting a strict WFPB diet with no animal protein. This has been shown to stop and even reverse the progress of these diseases in some cases.

The table below is a summary of the Lancet 2019 recommendations for the balance of nutrients for an ideal diet (30 grams is approximately 1 ounce). 

About the Author

Dermod Wood, PhD, is a Certified Buteyko Practitioner, the developer of this program, and principal "lab-rat" for the material. He has been practicing and teaching the Buteyko Method since 2005, and also researching and investigating the other factors that contribute to a long, healthy and happy life.

Dermod Wood

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