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Is What the Health Right? The Definitive Evidence-Based Review

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Is What the Health Right? The Definitive Evidence-Based Review

If you want to know whether the alarming claims in What the Health are true or false, and what you should do about it, then you want to check out this episode.

The new documentary What the Health is causing quite the stir these days.

According to some people, it’s the nail in the coffin for omnivorous eating, conclusively proving that animal products have disastrous effects on your health and the environment.

Others scoff at such claims, dismissing the movie as vegan propaganda meant to shock and scare people into changing their ways.

Every day I hear from at least a few people who are surprised, concerned, or skeptical about what’s presented in the film and want my take, and so this is an episode I’ve owed you for a little while now.

Well, here’s the long story short:

What the Health makes some very good points, and all-in-all, will probably help many people make healthier eating choices. Unfortunately, it’s also riddled with factual errors, misrepresentations and oversimplifications, and outright fabrications.

I’m going to break it all down in this episode and directly address a number of questions that you probably have after watching the film, including…

  • Does eating animal products really increase your risk of heart disease and cancer?
  • Is a 100% plant-based diet the best (or only) way to maximize long-term health and vitality?
  • Are the people that disagree simply justifying their own poor eating habits?
  • Do rent-seeking food conglomerates reign over public health institutions?
  • And more…

By the end of this episode, you’re going to know what What the Health got right, what it got wrong, and what science actually says about eating animal products.

TIME STAMPS

5:18 – Is protein deficiency possible?

8:07 – Is all meat bad for you?

12:12 – Does dairy increase the risk of cancer?

14:11 – Are eggs as harmful to the body as cigarettes?

15:35 – Is all animal farming cruel and bad for the environment?

17:47 – Does dietary fat cause diabetes?

21:28 – Is veganism the only diet for long term health and vitality?

22:52 – What did What The Health get right?

28:00 – How do you build muscle and lose fat on a vegan diet?

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  • Terri

    Your content has credibility. It’s always cited and uses solid sources. Thanks for that.

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    • Hey Terri! I’m so glad you’re loving my content and that it’s helping you reach your goals. Congrats on the weight loss so far! 🙂

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