Top 5 What the Health Claims
Here are five things claimed in Kip Andersen’s latest documentary, which is causing quite a stir.
1. Eggs are just as bad as cigarettes
One huge advantage of maintaining a strict plant based diet is that we don’t consume high levels of cholesterol through organ meats (such as liver and kidney), eggs (the yolk is cholesterol-rich), animal fats, dairy foods or seafood (such as prawns and squid). High cholesterol can cause heart disease, which can be fatal. What the Health claims that eating an egg every day is just as bad as smoking five cigarettes every day, owing to the build-up of arterial plaque which can come with eating cholesterol-rich foods.
2. Eating meat is also as bad as smoking
In 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) evaluated the link between eating meat and contracting cancer.
They classified red meat as Group 2A (‘probably carcinogenic to humans’) and processed meat as Group 1(‘carcinogenic to humans’).
What the Health delves into this, and makes the comparison between tobacco and processed meat, as both are Group 1 in the WHO’s assessments of carcinogens.
3. Dairy products cause cancer
There’s a bit of a theme here, isn’t there?
As well as discussing the increased risk of cardiovascular disease incurred by animal products, What the Health also raises the issue of cancer. The documentary cites studies which show links between people drinking milk and having a higher risk of cancer. Both TIME and Vox have refuted such claims in online articles, stating that there are also studies which show no direct correlation between consuming milk and an increased risk of contracting cancer.
4. Eating fish means consuming toxic matter
What the Health puts across the message that fish are bad for us as they are full of potential poisons such as mercury, as well as a whole host of antibiotics. On the website made to accompany the documentary film, there is a link to an article from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which states “nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury”.
The WHO state that “mercury may have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes.
“Mercury is considered by WHO as one of the top ten chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.”
6. Sugary diets don’t cause diabetes
Perhaps the most interesting of all the claims in What the Health is the idea that diets which are high in sugar do not make a difference in the when it comes to contracting diabetes, when compared to other dietary sources, such as processed meats.
It’s a common thought among people everywhere that eating lots of sugar leads to diabetes, but the impacts of meat and eggs upon such things is rarely considered and even more rarely publicised.