Wheat-eaters or Meat-eaters?
BY AMANDA WOODVINE, BSC NUTRITION(WITH ADDITIONS BY COLIN SPENCER)
is consultantnutritionist for Viva! and theVegetarian & Vegan Foundation(VVF). Her specialities includecardiovascular disease, obesity andchildren’s health.She has authored a number ofguides and reports for the VVF,including
White Meat Black Mark
–a scientific report investigating the healthconsequences of consuming white meat.Amanda is currently undertaking postgraduatestudy in public health with the London School ofHygiene & Tropical Medicine.
is a novelist,playwright, cookery book writer anda former food columnist for
. His book – the
Heretic’s Feast: a History of Vegetarianism
–is an exceptionally well-researchedand detailed look at vegetarianismthrough the ages. He is also theauthor of best selling cook books
The New Vegetarian
, BSc Zoology,Founder & Director, Viva! & VVF
One of the most pervasive myths surroundingvegetarianism is the belief that humans are naturallymeant to eat meat – thatwe are evolutionarilyadapted to eat and thriveon dead flesh. The evidencepresented in this guideknocks this myth firmly onits head. Human beingsbelong to the primatefamily and the primatefamily is essentially avegetarian one. Our closestliving relatives such aschimpanzees and gorillaslive on a diet of foods overwhelmingly derivedfrom plants, and we ignoreour evolutionary past atour peril. Indeed we arealready seeing the dangersof dismissing whatevolutionary studies showus we should be eating –plants, not animals – withthe growing epidemics of killer diseases such ascancer, heart disease,obesity and diabetes whichare now occurring inalmost every corner of the planet.
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