Does what we eat determine how long we live? That’s the premise behind the new film Forks Over Knives, which promotes a whole foods, plant-based diet to reduce cardiovascular disease and improve overall health.
We first learned about the film from trainer Bob Harper, who said that the scientific research that the film was based on (which also can be found in the book The China Study) inspired him to go vegan. So when the film was officially released to the public, we decided to speak with one of the main scientists interviewed in the film, Dr. T. Colin Campbell. He also happens to be the co-author of The China Study.
Read on to learn about how he says we can use food as medicine and how he inspired former President Bill Clinton to eat meat-free.
What did you discover when you went to China to research health, nutrition and longevity?
Cancer was much more common in some regions of China than others, so we did a survey to find out why. Individuals who ate a diet mainly of whole, plant-based foods had a lower risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. This specific study, along with 30 years of related nutrition research, helped me to see the major impact the way we eat can have on health, politics and the environment.