Ebert Gives Forks Over Knives a Solid Endorsement
Posted by Drew.
A new film makes the case for veganism based on the nutrition data from The China Study. The film is getting some serious love from film critics. After watching Forks Over Knives Robert Ebert said in no uncertain terms that everyone ought to go vegan. Watch the trailer for Forks Over Knives.
Forks Over Knives is a new film that looks at the root causes of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in the United States. The take-away message from the film is: dump dairy, ditch meat, and go vegan. This is the same nutrition-science that convinced Bill Clinton to adopt a plant-based diet.
The film seems to have made an impact on Robert Ebert too. He gave the film a solid review, but more importantly he gave veganism the strongest endorsement you could imagine. He said, “What every human being should do is eat a vegetarian diet based on whole foods. Period.” With films like this one, it’s no surprise that veganism is becoming so mainstream.
In his review of Forks Over Knifes, Ebert said:
Here is a film that could save your life. So you’d better stop reading now, because you don’t want to go to the trouble. You are addicted to fat, salt, sugar and corn syrup. Your body has established a narcotic-like dependence on them, and you’re comfortable with that, just like smokers know why they keep on smoking. If you have to die 10 or 25 years sooner than necessary to smoke, if you need Viagra because your vascular system is compromised, or if you’re overweight, you can live with that.
Hey, I’m not going all holier-than-thou on you. Think how fat I was for years. I knew the solution, I was weak and lazy. Over 12 years I was eventually able to lose about 70 pounds with a proper diet, but my current weight and superb physical condition can be attributed to my illness. I am unable to eat or drink anything, and my (therefore) perfect diet of canned nutrition has given me an ideal weight and incredibly good blood numbers. I don’t recommend that you get sick to get well, however.
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.
read the rest of Ebert’s review
See the film
The Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge is showing the film now. As far as I know, there are no other theaters in Mass that are showing Forks Over Knives. VegWorcester will certainly do a showing in Worcester as soon as the DVD comes out.