No joke. I watched What The Health on Netflix this week and immediately cut meat out of my diet the following day.
I’m not saying I’m a fully-fledged vegan now, but I’m definitely committed to trying the 30-day challenge after seeing all the outrageously good benefits a plant-based diet has to offer.
The documentary, directed by self-confessed hypochondriac Kip Andersen, explores the damaging effects eating meat has on our bodies. And trust me, there are a lot. Like, alarming amounts. The show will make you question everything you thought you knew about a healthy diet.
Kip’s documentary centers around a number of studies, including the proven link between red/processed meat and cancer.
You may remember it hitting the headlines back in October 2015. The World Health Organization (WHO) classified red meat and processed meat as a carcinogenic — something that causes cancer.
It was classed as a group one carcinogenic, alongside smoking tobacco and being exposed to asbestos.
The WHO’s website reports: ‘An analysis of data from ten studies estimated that every 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by about 18 percent.
‘The cancer risk related to the consumption of red meat is more difficult to estimate because the evidence that red meat causes cancer is not as strong. However, if the association of red meat and colorectal cancer were proven to be causal, data from the same studies suggest that the risk of colorectal cancer could increase by 17 percent for every 100 gram portion of red meat eaten daily.’
Kip claims he managed to prove a direct link between big health organizations like American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association, and sponsorship from the very industries which are causing these health problems, like processed meat giants.
Kip follows patients battling debilitating illnesses like diabetes and documents their progress after switching to an all-plant diet. All showed signs of dramatic improvement within just two weeks.
In one heated interview, Robert Ratner, chief officer at the American Diabetes Association, outright denies promoting diet plans on its website which includes foods associated with causing diabetes. But you can still see the food suggestions on its website today:
Kip then unearthed studies showing that a low-fat plant-based diet was more than twice as powerful at controlling and even reversing diabetes than the ADA recommended diet that included meat and diary.
When grilled about the diet, Ratner said: ‘I don’t believe there’s sufficient evidence to demonstrate that.’
Addressing ADA’s recommended diet on its website, Ratner said the association ‘does not recommend a specific diet’. He stressed: ‘We recommend healthy eating. We do not have a diabetes diet.’
At one point, Ratner becomes frustrated and cuts Kip off mid-sentence, saying: ‘I think we’re done here. I’m not going to get into an argument. Any diet works. Any diet works if people follow it. I can’t tell you what a proper diet is.’
He refused to get into talking about diet and stormed out, taking off his microphone in the process.
The entire documentary is as enthralling as it is eye-opening. Make What The Health a must-watch.