“If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t”Michael Pollan
“Anything you can’t fast from, you are a slave to”Edward Williams
When people exclaim they’re vegan, it is said with such a self-righteous tone that I want to reply, “Good for you, but don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back.” Of course this doesn’t apply to all vegans. But I’ve heard and seen it enough for it to have made quite the impression.
Vegan is the New Black
8% of Black Americans identified as strict vegan or vegetarian, compared to only 3% of all Americans. Black Americans are almost three times more likely to be vegan or vegetarian than other Americans.
The Benefits of Veganism
Research has shown that by adopting a vegan lifestyle, the risk of obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers are lowered. The Vegan Alliance and the World Health Organization explains that if the whole world switched to Veganism, 8.1 million human deaths per year could be avoided.
The Health Status of Blacks
In 2018, The Office of Minority Health found that:
- African Americans were 1.3 times more likely to be obese compared to whites.
- About 4 out of 5 African American women are overweight or obese.
- African Americans were 30% more likely to die of heart disease than whites.
- Black Americans are also 40% more likely to have high blood pressure and less likely to have it under control.
If Black Americans are more likely to be vegan which is shown to lower the risk of obesity and premature death, why are Black Americans also more likely to be overweight, obese and die of heart disease? Something is not adding up.
Doing Vegan All Wrong
Becoming a vegan has become another fad diet, trend, and bandwagon to jump on. Becoming Vegan is not the cure for our declining health if we still overeat, and eat overly processed foods with ingredients that are just as harmful as meat. Veganism isn’t working if Blacks still have the worst health outcomes out of all groups in America. And it’s not working if we’re still prematurely dying from completely preventable diseases.
The Problem with Veganism
The number one issue with veganism is that vegans are NOT fasting. Vegans still eat six times a day, following the ill-advised propaganda of Western Modern Medicine. A Vegan can eat from the time they wake, until they go to bed, which doesn’t provide their body the opportunity to heal, repair and regenerate.
The other issue with veganism is consumption of heavily processed food. Vegan bacon, impossible burgers, and fake chicken are products filled with genetically engineered and artificial ingredients. These foods don’t promote health and are not from the earth.
Check out the ingredients for a plant based “ground beef” burger:
Based on the ingredients, I would avoid eating this even though it’s not made from a cow. I don’t recognize and can barely pronounce half the ingredients. But if I was vegan, this would be acceptable.
I do think it’s admirable and worth applauding to give up meat. In fact, I think we all should! But it has to be done the right way. To give up one vice in exchange for another is what most vegans do. Same enslavement, different master.
Fasting is freedom from all masters! Fasting is how you reverse chronic disease. Fasting is how you heal your body, mind and spirit! The truth about veganism is that if you don’t intermittent fast, becoming a vegan may not save you.
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