A new report shows that just by removing meat from our diets, we dramatically improve are chances of living a healthy life. Dr Walter Willett, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School said recently the benefits of a plant-based diet had been vastly underestimated. Recent studies show that around 24% or 141,000 deaths each year in Britain were preventable, but most of that was due to smoking, alcohol or obesity. But the new figures from Harvard suggest that at least 200,000 lives could be saved each year if people cut meat from their diets. When they recreated the diet for humans – which amounted to 63 servings of fruit and vegetables a day – they found a 35 per cent fall in cholesterol, in just two weeks, the equivalent of taking statins. “That was quite dramatic,” he said “We showed that there was no real difference between what we got with the diet and what we got with a statin.” Dr Neal Barnard, president of the Committee for Responsible Medicine also said people need to wake up to the health benefits of vegetarianism and veganism.
Rich Roll has been mentioned in Men’s Health (one of the worlds largest health magazines). Men’s Health is the best-selling men’s magazine in the US, is currently circulated in 59 countries. The magazine named Rich Roll the world’s fittest vegan, saying: “Meet Rich Roll. He’s 51 years old and way more ripped than you’ll ever be.”.
The magazine said that late last year, Mr Roll completed the Ötillö Swimrun World Championship, which saw the athlete crossing 26 islands with a 40-mile run and six-mile swim. Roll told Men’s Health: “It’s probably the hardest one-day thing that I’ve ever done in my life. It proved to me that at 50, I could still go out and compete at a high level.”, they also said that Roll “may very well be the world’s fittest vegan”. Roll, who is also a father of four and best-selling author, said it would be a “heavy title”.
“I’m not so sure I could claim that crown and one of the reasons for that is we’re seeing the explosion of vegan athletes right now”. He added that this was an “exciting” thing to witness.
Rich Roll has some very interesting books available including, The Plantpower Way : Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for the Whole Family and Finding Ultra
10-year old animal rights activist Genesis Butler explores the correlation between the environment and animal consumption. Through unsettling facts and humor, Genesis provides insight on how a simple choice can mean the difference between destroying or saving our planet.
Genesis Butler is a 10 year old animal rights activist and ethical vegan. Genesis has earned numerous awards for her activism including Animal Hero Kids’ Sir Paul McCartney Young Veg Advocate award, Vegan Kid of the Year award from Vegans Are Cool, and PETA’s Kid of the Year Award. She also worked with Farm Sanctuary to get Meatless Mondays passed. She is featured in Vegan: Everyday Stories, a documentary about the lives of everyday vegans and is starting her own non-profit foundation called Genesis for Animals where she will provide funding to people who rescue animals. Although she is active in the animal rights movement, she is still able to be a kid and loves playing football, singing, dancing, sewing, drawing, and spending time with her friends.