I was shocked to say the least when I learned just how much we Americans eat. Not just anything, but mainly meat, dairy and sugar consumption.
Of course, our population has also increased but with the increase of people, came the increase in consumption of meat, dairy and sugar. With the increase of consumption of these things, came the increase of disease!
*Near the start of the 20th century, Americans each ate about 120 lbs if meat per year. By 2007, we ate about 222 lbs.
*About 1913, Americans ate about 40 lbs of processed sugar per person. By 1999, it had increased to 147 lbs per person.
*About 1909, Americans ate about 294 lbs of dairy products per person. By 2006, that number was over double…605 lbs of dairy per person!!
*This information came from the companion book to Forks Over Knives.
I am shocked as well as disgusted that this is where we have gotten. It also saddens me to see so many people suffering from many health issues that has been proven to be linked to nutrition. I want so badly to see us take a stand and save ourselves as well as those we love. Seeing my loved ones sick, and continue to harm themselves unknowingly makes me sad.
Lee Fulkerson is the writer and director of Forks Over Knives. He, himself was not a healthy eater until he too, went on a plant based diet. After 13 weeks, Lee lost 20 lbs, his blood pressure dropped from 142/82 down to 112/70, his total cholesterol went from 241 down to 154 and his bad cholesterol (LDL) went down from 157 to 80. His inflammation in his heart went from 6 down to 2.8.
Now you tell me that a plant based diet is not safe, or the fact that a person will not be healthy on a plant based diet!! Here is proof…give it a try. You owe it to yourself!!!