After 17 years on the veggie path and over 12 years of working on a fanatically researched book on the subject, here’s a bottom line you can bank on:
Every nutrient you will ever need comes in its purest form direct from the earth, via a variety of plant-based foods.
That’s where the animals get them, and when someone eats animal products, they are getting a second-hand version of these nutrients, encased in a “delivery system” (the animal’s flesh, milk or eggs) that is devoid of any dietary fiber or live enzymes and usually loaded with factory farm-related toxins, artery-clogging saturated fats and protein ratios that make our blood acidic.
With this in mind, Rock-Solid nutrition begins with the many fiber-rich, largely alkaline plant-based foods like fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and all of their many derivatives like smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, trail mix, cereals, certain snack or sports bars, veggie burgers, burritos, rice/pasta/potato-based dishes and a whole host of other delicious plant-based meals and snacks. Here is where you can enjoy the optimal assimilation of every important nutrient there is, and you can do it in a way where there is a surprising amount of variety and flavor.
In depth analysis of various cultures around the world continually demonstrate that many plant foods-based communities exhibit greater longevity, better overall health and far less incidence (in some cases zero) of various diseases and ailments than do the meat-eating cultures.
There are also many other perspectives, from the anatomical to the medical, that unequivocally support the merits of the plant-based regimen, as well. The time-tested, quantifiable results and benefits of the veggie diet as illustrated by these many perspectives is, to me, the true measure of how efficacious an eating regimen is; not some flavor-of-the-month diet that has you losing some weight on the short-term, but clogging up your arteries and turning your blood stream into an acidic river of ketones on the long-term.
So eat from the earth for the highest level of health.