by Gene Stone
The Experiment, 2011
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.
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.
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
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.
Forks Over Knives
|“Heart disease need never exist, and
if it exists, it need never persist.”
~ Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn
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