Left, 7 months into eating very high saturated dietary fat, primarily grassfed beef. My “protective” cholesterol was in the 90s. My “non-protective” cholesterol was 70. Right, 3 months into eating mostly plants/lower fat foods, the last month exclusively plants, and the 11 days before that test I only ate organic vegetables and fruits. The cleanest vegan diet possible, as there were no grains and only organic fresh produce. Zero dietary fat at the end. My “protective” cholesterol plummeted (halved). My “non-protective” cholesterol skyrocketed (doubled).
I cannot tolerate plant-based eating. I’ve wished that I could many times over the past thirty years (https://www.elev8wellness.com/.../for-some-of-us-veganism... ). In the past fifteen, I have been closely monitoring blood markers. And every experiment is essentially the same. I keep wishing/hoping that I could be partly vegetarian; but every time I try it, my health deteriorates. With nuts and seeds, avocados and coconut, no matter how I modify, I just don’t respond well. I will meet an early grave if I cease eating animal-based nutrition. For me, I thrive on animal proteins and animal fats. My biological makeup simply does not jive otherwise. I don’t want this to be true.
I want these results not to be true. And I am philosophically committed to the possibility that plant-based eating might improve health for some people. If the choice is between processed garbage pretending to be food or a commitment to plant-based eating, then please, by all means, go plant-based. Of course fresh plants beat processed quasi-food that allegedly contains animal products.
If you can choose intelligent high qualify fresh food of any sort, do that, especially if animal products are part of the array. I have no data at all to support the idea that intelligent vegan eating beats intelligent paleo or carnivore dieting. I don’t WANT this to be the case. But biology, chemistry, and physics don’t care what any of us WANT to be true. Of the top 20 food allergies, 16 are plants. And I’m not excited about the animal-based four (ie - dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish) in moderate-to-high dose, if we are looking to reduce inflammation.
My own experiments cannot confirm any benefit of plant-based eating. The ethical argument, which I used to like, seems to be fading as we discover that harvesting kills far more animals and habitat.
Believe what you like. I believe what I DON’T like, because I DO empirical science.