Let me start out by saying that I read this book in one day. The entire book is only 160 pages! That is a book anyone is able to read whether or not they are super busy. This book is very straightforward and lays out the cold hard facts about being vegan. The authors explain what it means to be a true vegetarian, the dangers when it comes to eating animal products, health benefits of being vegan, and even go as far as to breaking down many religions and how their belief systems reflect a vegan lifestyle. What I particularly liked about this book was how the authors covered all areas that people would have questions or concern about when thinking about veganism. In fact, in the back there are a few pages dedicated to arguments that defend veganism and statistics that just down right blow your mind! There is a quote in this book that really rings a bell..
“I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.” -Dean Ornish, MD
This quote is pretty self-explanatory as to how our society has accepted disease. Also, how we utilize surgery and drugs as a better means for improving our health, rather than eating a healthy diet. The authors also go through information regarding the environment, world hunger, genetically modified organisms, and factory farming. All very valid points that I feel people should be aware of. I feel a lot of people are not educated or aware of what kind of results come from their actions. For instance, the “number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million”. It is extremely essential for people to become educated on important things like this so we can be a healthier planet. It is our job to protect our lives, our children’s lives, and the lives of innocent creatures. By being educated on nutrition and health we are better able to live our lives to the fullest extent. There would no longer be a life cut short due to a preventable disease, but a fulfilled life with the ability to achieve anything that person wishes.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I feel that for as small as it is, its packed full of great information explaining why someone would want to go vegan and is also a great tool for someone looking to get healthy. This book is written very well and is crystal clear to understand. To me, it is a great book that I could leave laying around the house to strike up a conversation when having guests over. The size is very friendly that I think anyone would be interested in flipping through it and potentially taking a deeper look into health and veganism. Vegan, vegetarian, or not, there is educational value for everyone in this book!
The Compassionate Diet
By Arran Stephens, founder of Nature’s Path Foods
with Elliot Jay Rosen