If you’re still thinking that diets free from animal products are inferior health-wise to ones with meat, dairy and eggs… you need to do your research. The resources where I learnt the most about plant-based nutrition were the following books, so I highly recommend you read these. The science is compelling, and it angers me that doctors and other healthcare professionals are not taught this information in medical school, and so go on to treat patients without providing this essential life-changing advice.
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1. How Not To Die by Michael Greger, MD & Gene Stone
In my opinion, this is the absolute bible for understanding how our diets affect our health. Dr Greger runs through the top 15 causes of death in America (very similar to those in other industrialised countries such as the UK) and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can prevent, arrest and in some cases reverse each condition. He presents the completely mind-blowing information in an approachable and fun-to-read way, so this would be my ultimate recommendation for the first book to read. I believe if everyone in the world read this book… the world would be a much healthier place.
2. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Thomas M. Campbell II, MD
This book presents the findings of the renowned China-Cornell-Oxford project, a 20 year study dubbed the ‘most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted’ examining the link between mortality rates from chronic diseases and the lifestyles of those in different regions in China. It essentially concluded that the counties who consumed the highest amount of animal products were more likely to die from chronic diseases such as cancer. This book was particularly fascinating as it also delved into the corruption behind the making of healthcare, industry and government policies which govern the nutritional advice we all receive. This book made me frightened for the industry of medicine that I am soon to enter, but equally motivated to help change it.
Buy here: China Study Expanded
3. Becoming Vegan (Comprehensive edition) by Brenda Davis, RD and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD
Okay, in the realm of vegan nutrition books there are two bibles – this is the second! If you are thinking of making the switch to a vegan diet and are particularly worried because you have a health condition, have existing nutritional deficiencies, have specific needs from your nutrition, or are planning to make others vegan in crucial stages of their lives (pregnancy, infancy etc.) then this is the book to read. Becoming Vegan is the complete guide to everything you need to know about plant-based diets, with a deep dive into nutrient sources, requirements at different stages of life, and outlines how to utilise nutrition if you have specific needs i.e. you are an athlete. I will no doubt be referring to this book for my entire life and to inform people that a vegan diet, in fact, can be nutritionally adequate if not a game-changer for your health.
4. Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Garth Davis, MD
Every where you go nowadays PROTEIN is in your face… whether it’s the innocent packet of quinoa you buy in the supermarket, the bulky personal trainer at the gym, or your uncle Jim over the Christmas dinner table when he finds out you’re vegan. We are obsessed with protein. And needlessly, if not dangerously. In this book, Dr Davis explains why we absolutely do not need to be concerned with our protein intake; many of us are consuming too much which is making us sick, overweight, and diseased. A must-read for the protein junkies who are scared to make the switch to veganism in fear of losing their ‘gainzzz’ and just generally for those who are sceptical of the protein provided in a meat-free diet.
5. Fiber Fueled by Will Bulsiewicz, MD
Okay, this is kind of a cheat one because I haven’t read it yet… but I have a feeling this book is going to be great. After many listens to Dr B’s podcasts on Plant Proof, I became hooked to learning more about the gut microbiome. His approachable and light-hearted way of explaining science is also very fun. His new book presents all the groundbreaking research on the microbiome, and how it has a huge role in practically every corner of your health. As a bonus, it also has meal plans and recipes which help you slowly adjust to the fibre intake you’ll be getting from a plant-based diet, which can be a shock to your gut when you first switch. I was too slow to order, and so is currently out of stock on Amazon… but I cannot wait to read this one.
What to do:
I hope you get the chance to read the books I’ve mentioned above, I promise you that you will not regret it.
If you’re more of a viewer than a reader, watch out for an upcoming blog post on the must-watch documentaries on plant-based nutrition.
The health benefits of a vegan diet were definitely a huge incentive for me to become vegan, but usually the health implications are not powerful enough to make you change your diet. Health is only one of the myriad of reasons why you should make the switch, so I encourage you to also look into the animal rights and environmental reasons too.
The Conscious Medic