However some of the points brought up in this program annoyed me slightly, because they were very misleading.
One point that kept being repeated was that a plant based diet is lower in fat. It was said in such a way that we should just accept that that is a good thing, but nobody seemed to want to expand and tell us why it was a good thing. We know that fat doesn't make us fat, and for the last 60 years they have been trying to prove saturated fat causes heart disease, but so far despite billions of dollars of investment they haven't managed to prove a link. So what's the issue with fat?
One lady said how meat was high in saturated fat, but if you look at the breakdown of fats in a steak you will see only about 15% of it is saturated, with the majority coming from the heart healthy monounsaturated fat. So again I struggle to see the issue.
Cancer was another topic that came up. This is quite an interesting one, because there have been a number of epidemiological studies (these are studies where people get asked to fill in a questionnaire about their diet and lifestyle, and are followed over a number of years to see what diseases they get and what they die from. It is a good way to find correlations, but it does not prove anything.) done that have shown that processed meat and red meat is linked to cancer. The problem is that very few of the studies differentiate between processed meat and red meat. They just bundle them together as if they are the same thing, which they are not. Red eat comes straight from the animal and is totally unadulterated when you buy it. Processed meat has chemicals added to preserve its shelf life and stop it going off. Now which do you think might cause cancer? The animals we have thrived on for thousands of years or bacon and salami that has been pumped full of nitrates?
Some vegetarians have diets that are mainly plant based, with nuts, tofu, eggs, dairy, lentils and pulses, which like I said can be very healthy, but others pack their diet full of crappy, processed fast foods like Quorn. Quorn is predominately made up of Mycoprotein, which is a fungus that is fermented and has glucose and nitrates added. Sounds pretty similar to the processed meat that's giving us cancer doesn't it? They also add vitamins and minerals, because if they didn't they would be nutritionally void! Oh and I forgot to mention that it needs to be heat treated to remove harmful levels of Ribonucleic Acid. Lovely.
Know I don't think eating a vege sausage will kill you, just like a rasher of bacon wont, but these are not the healthiest options and the majority of your diet whether you are an omnivore or vegetarian should come from natural, unadulterated foods.
And as for Mo Farah advertising Quorn, well he should just stick to jogging and listening out for that doorbell!