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Kathy Freston Compares Meat to Tobacco

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Kathy Freston, author of “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World,” has been educating the masses about the benefits of a vegan diet for years. She has even helped big names like Oprah and Martha Stewart learn more about an animal-free diet. In an article that’s bound to get some interesting conversations started, Freston is now comparing meat to tobacco. And she thinks that meat is worse.

Freston writes, “When I think about the effect of animal products on human health, I’m reminded of how quickly we’ve done a national about face on tobacco, and I look forward to the day when the Times magazine has a similar apology from someone who promoted animal products — because the evidence is in and it continues to grow: Animal products kill a lot more Americans than tobacco does.”

The self-proclaimed “veganist” argues that the industries that profit from animal products are just like those in the cigarette business that denied for years the dangers of smoking. She believes that one day, the general population will understand that eating meat, especially in the quantities that Americans consume, is worse for your health than picking up a pack of Camels.

She continues, “The West’s three biggest killers — heart disease, cancer, and stroke — are linked to excessive animal product consumption, and vegetarians have much lower risks of all three. Vegetarians also have a fraction of the obesity and diabetes rates of the general population — of course, both diseases are at epidemic levels and are only getting worse.”

It seems like every other day a new study comes out warning the public about the dangers of eating too many animal products. Just like tobacco, even with the data right in front of them, many who love meat and dairy, even when it puts their health in jeopardy, still continue to consume. Perhaps Freston’s comparison will put their eating choices in a new light. Check out the full article over on Huffington Post.

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  • This is probably more correct than not, but actually ‘proving’ it is another matter. The same could be said for over-consumption of calories that most people are guilty of, or the action of eating a lot of processed foods as opposed to simply eating raw.

  • Cckristi

    Big differences: There is no safe level of tobacco use says our U.S. Surgeon General; however recommendation/minimal amounts of animals products can provide the average healthy person with nutrients to fuel their body. There is a big difference between these products; however I do agree both industries tactic are similar and dishonest. Also, many factors contribute to obesity (excessive calories, sugar, processed foods, lack of movement), tobacco use is a stand alone predictor of several cancers and other chronic diseases.

    • jude arsenault

      there is absolutely NOTHING positive about animal flesh and animal products-eggs,milk,wool,leather etc etc.

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