In 1950 there were 100 varieties of tomato grown in New Zealand; today you can expect around 5. In 1903, in the US there were 46 varieties of asparagus, now there are 3; and there were 164 varieties of celery, there are now 3.
Eating most red meat delivers antibiotic fallout. New Zealand animal farming uses 80,000 kg of antibiotics every year. Hormone growth promotants (HGPs) are still used in areas of New Zealand even though they have been banned by the EU since 1988.
Here is a reminder of the basic way we have always eaten. Mostly plants. Mostly wholefoods. Greens dominating the plate. Lots of fibre. Lots of colour. This is how I eat. A plant-based wholefood diet. Very cool for your fridge door or wherever the food is!
This is a 'Jason' version of the varied and controversial official food pyramids. It is a basic guide, a support, an inspiration, an overview. Print it and stick it up somewhere you will look at it while getting food, preparing food, cooking food or buying food!
‘Red meat intake and breast cancer among women’ ‘Cooked meat and risk of breast cancer’ ‘Premenopausal dietary fat in relation to pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer’ ‘Dietary animal-derived fat intake and breast cancer risk’ 'Chicken intake not associated with lower risk of breast cancer'.
World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research’s 2007-2011 Expert Report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective, is the most comprehensive report ever published on cancer/diet.
One of the questions I get asked the most is about pesticides and herbicides in vegetables and fruits. People think to avoid them and instead eat more animal foods. Wrong. Toxins and chemicals are concentrated in animals - which are then eaten.
Alcohol causes 4% of all global cancer deaths. The first update of alcohol-linked cancer deaths in 30 years shows that drinking just 1.5 drinks per day (or less) accounts for 30% of all alcohol-attributable cancer deaths and 15% of all breast cancer deaths.
Sadly, the current health status in most countries is not good at all. We are still getting sicker, younger, from NCDs. Every year the disease rates go up and our expected lifespan drops. This has been the way since I started teaching healthy longevity over 20 years ago.