Dr. Campbell’s book has changed – and likely saved – many lives as many non-meat eaters report that reading it was their tipping point. The China Study can be a heavy read but is well worth it and full of simple charts and graphs that hammer-home the message.
Research by Dr. Campbell has demonstrated that animal protein promotes cancer growth, contrary to plant protein. He connects eating animal products to increased incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disease and diseases of the kidney, brain and eyes.
Based on over 40 years of research, Dr. Campbell recommends eating as much whole, plant-based foods (fruit, veggies, legumes, nuts, whole grains) as you want, minimizing refined carbs (white bread, crackers, etc.), added vegetable oils and fish and avoiding meat, poultry, dairy and eggs.
Towards the end of the book you get a feel for the frustration experts in the field of plant-based nutrition experience. Nutrition research receives a small fraction of health related funding. The pathetic nutrition guidelines released by the government reflect how we can eat to fund the food industry rather than eat for health. A healthcare system that drives profits for hospitals and drug companies. This all gives you a sense of why a plant-based diet isn’t the gold standard, even though there is ample research demonstrating the life changing benefits.