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Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives
The Plant-Based Way to Health
by Gene Stone

The Experiment, 2011

This book is a companion to the documentary "Forks Over Knives," which makes the claim that the most serious diseases of our time - cancer, diabetes, angina - can be controlled or prevented by not eating animal-based and processed foods.
Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives, and the recipes in this book, promote a plant-based diet using whole foods. The diet is a life-long commitment to minimally processed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, tubers, and legumes. Animal-based foods such as meat (including poultry and fish), dairy, and eggs are excluded or minimized along with refined foods such as bleached flour, refined sugar, and most oils.

The documentary and the diet are based on the research of two Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, who believe a diet of plant-based food and grains can both prevent and reverse heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and various cancers. Both doctors contribute to this book along with a half dozen other medical professionals. The editor, Gene Stone, authored The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick.

If a plant-based diet is enough to reverse cancer growth,  heart disease, and diabetes, who wouldn't gift it a try? The 125 recipes in this book are intended to ease the transition.

China Study

After compiling data from a 30-year investigation of the health and nutritional habits of 6,500 Chinese in five rural villages,
Dr. Colin Campbell and his colleagues concluded that American men were seventeen times more likely to die from heart disease than rural Chinese men. In certain pockets of China where plant-based diets were most common, researchers could not find a single person out of more than 100,000 who had died from heart disease. While the average American's total cholesterol level is well over 200, the levels of the participants in the China Study averaged between 81 and 135. Dr. Campbell ultimately concluded that people who maintain a whole-foods, plant-based diet can minimize or even reverse the development of chronic diseases.

Oatmeal - Raisin Cookies
Adapted from The Health Promoting Cookbook

Moist and delicious, these cookies are a sweet and satisfying snack or dessert.

4 cups oats ground in a food processor or coffee grinder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup apple juice
½ cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In a food processor, blend the bananas and juice until smooth.
Slowly add the dry ingredients while mixing. Pour the batter into a large bowl, and add the raisins.
Drop by spoonfuls onto a nonstick baking sheet. Press down with the bottom of a glass to flatten. Bake for 10 minutes. Makes 24 cookies.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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“Heart disease need never exist, and if it exists, it need never persist.”
~ Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn

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