Letter: Diet is key to a longer life

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A vegetarian diet can be the key to living a longer and healthier life, according to new research. This recent research was led by Dr Michael Orlich, where the causes of mortality were examined in a group of 73,308 men and women.

Even prior to this research, there have been enough evidence available about the advantages of a vegetarian diet.

Dr Dean Cornish, the American physician who conducted landmark research on treating heart disease with diet, exercise and meditation, says that “ people who eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol vegetarian diet have low blood pressure, low blood cholesterol levels, and low rates of heart disease.”

Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell university, who has long been studying diet in China, states that “ We are basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a wide variety of plant foods and minimizing our intake of animal products. The higher the intake of animal products, the higher the risk of cancer.”

The American Dietetic Association has made the following strong statement about a vegetarian diet: “ A considerable body of scientific data suggests positive relationships between vegetarian lifestyles and risk reduction for several chronic degenerative diseases and conditions, such as obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, colon cancer, and others.

Vegetarians also have lower rates of osteoporosis, lung cancer, breast cancer, kidney stones, gallstones, and diverticular disease.”

Liz O’Neill, of UK Vegetarian Society, has been quoted as saying: “Research in the UK has already shown that vegetarians have lower rates of cancer and significantly lower (32 per cent less) rates of heart disease.”

In the Bible ( Leviticus 7:23-25) God admonishes Moses: “ You shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep or of goat.... for whosoever eateth the fat of the beast ... shall be cut off from his people.”

This must have been good practical advice, for “ Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died and his eyes were not dim nor his natural force abated.” (Deuteronomy 34:7)

Now that we know that eating the right vegetarian diet can help us in living a longer and healthier life, it is tragic to go on permitting a steep rise in number of diseases, including heart attacks and cancer, due to the food we eat.

A diverse plant based whole foods delivers all nutrients required by the body to sustain health and vitality.

Harmesh Lakhanpaul OBE

“Happiness, Peace, Love & harmony”

Ledbury Road,

Peterborough