A couple of days ago I finally watched the documentary Forks Over Knives. It was thought-provoking to say the least and causes me to completely rethink my fueling when it comes to protein. The main point made is that most chronic diseases that afflict 1 out of 3 Americans can be controlled or even reversed by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. The major story line in the film traces the personal journeys of Dr. Campbell (coauthor of The China Study) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (former Chief of Surgery Cleveland Clinic)
These three quotes pretty much sum up the movie:
“There is no money in healthy people or dead people. The money is in sick people.” -Bill Maher
“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” -Hippocrates
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas Edison
I thought the most interesting point in the film was that processed foods are far more calorie dense than whole foods which causes a deceptive effect in our stomach. It takes the same weight quantity of processed food as whole food to trigger a “full” feeling in the stomach – but the processed food contains far more calories. This effect will lead to obesity. Why? As one review states it,
“One gram of potato chips has 5 calories but one gram whole potatoes has only 1 calorie. The result is that you eat 5 times more calories of chips to feel satiated no wonder it is so easy to eat a whole bag!”. This image says it all!
It might be worth watching the movie if you are interested in learning more about developing a lifestyle of nutrition habits that could cause you to be healthier. Statistics say that you’ll make over 200 nutrition choices every day. What if just ten of those were healthier? Just a thought!