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Ebert Reviews Forks Over Knives

A little update on Forks Over Knives, the movie I discussed a few weeks ago.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert's illustrious thumb

Roger Ebert, the country’s most well-known movie critic, has put out his take on the film – and I’d consider it a glowing review.

I don’t really want to debate Ebert’s point of view, but I did take issues with some of the claims he makes in his review (click here to read it in its entirety).

Like this one:

What every human being should do is eat a vegetarian diet based on whole foods. Period. That’s it. Animal protein is bad for you. Dairy is bad for you. Forget the ads: Milk and eggs are bad for you. Skim milk is no better, because it contains proportionately more animal protein. What you’re trying to avoid is dietary cholesterol. You also need to cut way down on salt and sugar, and run like hell from high fructose corn syrup.

Roger Ebert, by Arcimboldo

Roger Ebert, by Arcimboldo

Okay, I don’t think there are many nutritionists out there that will argue that salt, sugar and high fructose corn syrup are good for you, but there are plenty who would disagree with the idea that animal protein in all forms is bad for you.  Ebert is not a dietician, scientists or nutritionist – he’s a movie critic.  And that’s a darn bold claim to be making without substantiation.

Regardless, he goes on:

Over the years I tried vegan and low-protein vegetarian diets, benefitted from and enjoyed them. I found by experience that all one needed was a rice cooker, a knife, a chopping block, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. I got all the protein and calcium I needed. I enjoyed it. But I was tempted. I strayed into the elysian fields of pizza, steaks, hamburgers and soft drinks. I once was blind and now I see.

The bottom line: I am convinced this message is true. A plant-based whole foods diet is healthy. Animal protein is not necessary, or should be used sparingly as Asians did, as a flavoring and not a main course. This adds the advantage of allowing us to avoid the chemicals and carcinogens pumped into livestock and poultry. Fast food is lethal. Parents who feed it to their children are helping them get hooked on fat, salt and sugar addiction. The facts are in. Didn’t I warn you to stop reading?

P. S.: I have recently decided to ditch my canned nutrition and switch to a liquid diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables. Yes, I consulted my physician.

Anyways, I still haven’t seen the movie – it’s not currently playing in sleepy little towns in north Florida, but I’m sure it will eventually.  I’ll reserve my judgement till then.

Thanks for reading!

Film of the Week – Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives Poster

Forks Over Knives Poster | Photo from Fandango.com

Two days until the release of Forks Over Knives, the latest documentary touting the benefits of a plant-based diet.  And this one gets a wide theatrical release, so get ready for the debate over it’s merits – I’m sure it will have the low-carb-ers and paleo-dieters in a tizzy.

I haven’t seen the film yet, so I don’t want to go into great detail about what I think it contains.  The gist, though, is this: the diseases of affluence (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc) that are plaguing our country are a result of an over-abundance of animal proteins in our diet.  The so-called “American Diet,” which is high in everything except fruits and vegetables, is leading to a significant decline in the overall health of American adults and, sadly, children.

The two doctors profiled in Forks Over Knives (forks are used for vegetables, knives for meat/surgery, hence the title) have long supported a diet that is heavily, if not exclusively, plant-based – the complete inverse of the diet that the large majority of Americans now consume.

Dr. Colin Campbell, Cornell University

Dr. Colin Campbell, Cornell University | Photo from Forksoverknives.com

I think we probably all know where I stand.  A plant-based diet has been great for me.  I feel healthy and energetic, and I eat every meal with a clear conscience.

Regardless of whether you agree with this “diet” (and I don’t mean that in the fad-diet sense, but in the way-of-life-diet sense), I encourage you to see the film, do a little research, talk to your doctor and decide on the best diet for you.  “Vegetarian” isn’t a bad word and “vegan” food can be just as delicious and satisfying as a hamburger or steak.  Just watch the film with an open mind.

And I try not to be preachy on this blog.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and their own diet and frankly, I don’t feel that I am qualified to convert anyone to vegetarianism or veganism.  I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist.  All I can do is give my opinion and my experience, and let the experts do the talking.

And this documentary is the experts talking.

Check out the trailer:

I also want to point out that this film is produced by John Corry, my uncle’s brother.  And my cousin, Ian Corry, worked as a camera operator on the sequences featuring Joey Aucoin (the landscaping company owner with high cholesterol and diabetes).  Check out some of Ian’s other work here.

Dr. Oz, well-respected daytime doctor to the masses, recently spent a whole show praising and interviewing the creators of Forks Over Knives and the doctors who have spent their lives researching the benefits of a plant-based diet.  The first few minutes of the show are up on Youtube, but you’ll have to dig a little further to find the rest if you missed it on the telly.

Here’s part 1:

Forks Over Knives releases in New York and Los Angeles on May 6, and releases nationwide in the weeks that follow.  Click here for a list of opening dates by city.

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