Two-and-a-half years ago, I posted this thread to this forum:
In that thread, I posted a link to a webpage of mine titled Vegetable-Free Living, which was a sometimes-serious, sometimes-ranting, sometimes-tongue-in-cheek screed against the notion that vegetables are necessary for health.
Well, recently, some evidence was (finally!) presented to me which showed health effects gained from eating vegetables that could not be gained by getting the same vitamins, minerals, and fiber from other sources. But to my eye, this evidence seemed … not all that strong. Vegetables may protect against cardiovascular disease, as revealed by the Nurses’ Health Study. Vegetables seem to reduce the incidence of certain kinds of cancer, but not others (and colon cancer was not among the kinds of cancer that vegetables prevent). Mechanisms have been suggested as to how the health benefits of the non-vitamin, non-fiber phytochemicals in vegetables might work. And vegetables are one of the tools available in weight loss for combatting obesity.
I incorporated that evidence into Chapter 1 of my screed here:
But the basic message of this chapter remains unchanged. Its basic message is this:
There is insufficient evidence that vegetables are necessary for healthy living, provided you get enough vitamins, minerals, and fiber from other sources.
What I’m on here asking for is, basically, more evidence in favor of vegetables.
I’m looking for studies demonstrating that vegetables are necessary for healthy living, even if you get enough vitamins, minerals, and fiber from other sources. I want you to prove me wrong. In the words of Ellie Arroway from the movie Contact, “Make me a liar!”.