What’s Wrong With Veganism: WFPB vs. VEGAN/VEGETARIAN – T. Colin Campbell Talks

What’s Wrong With Veganism: WFPB vs. VEGAN/VEGETARIAN – T. Colin Campbell Talks


You like to use the term, Whole Foods Plant
Based diet as opposed to vegetarian or vegan, which of course is a stricter form of vegetarianism. Why that term, and what exactly does it mean? Well first off, I very much appreciate the
fact that vegetarians and vegans, as communities, support our work and advance the cause, they’re
in a sense, doing the right thing, in many ways – they arrived at their opinions through
mostly ideological reasons, as we all know. And that’s not sufficient to convince a lot
of people, of that practice [medical professionals]. The problem with vegetarians is that 90% of
those people still use dairy. So the nutrient composition of their diets
is not that different than non-vegetarians. And it is the nutrient composition that really
matters: amount of fat, amount of protein and so forth. The vegetarians are substituting milk for
meat in a large measure, maybe eggs too. Vegans are avoiding all animal foods, we all
know that, but they don’t consciously think too much about the science, and so they end
up eating processed foods and all this kind of stuff. We’ve all heard of the ‘vegan junk food junkie’. Exactly. That’s what I mean, too often. Just a recent a long term study on vegans
showed that the average fat content of their diets was 30%! Their diets are not very good. And we see some health advantages, of course,
for vegans and vegetarians, but it’s not what it could be if they really followed the science. So explain for us then, what do you mean by
“whole foods”? We say, vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes,
maybe some nuts of course too, in whole food form. And what I’m saying about that is, we can
grind them if we want to, or whatever we do with them, we can cook them to some extent. That’s not a big deal. It’s just the face of keeping the whole thing
intact. Instead of, for example in the case of grains,
we refine them. We take the hull away, we’re taking the best
part away and feeding it to the pigs, we’ve been doing it for years. And so, we just tend to do that. We throw the peels of vegetables and so forth
away, you know, sometimes like maybe we peel apples or whatever. It’s really the whole, intact food best served
fresh, obviously, as much as possible. It doesn’t have to be raw, but we do that
naturally. You know, we eat fruits pretty much raw. So when I’m talking about the whole food… I know the term doesn’t just flow off the
tongue very easily, and I’m the one that devised that term because I was very conscious of
the fact that my scientific colleagues were perturbed by the words vegan and vegetarian,
and they weren’t doing the right thing anyhow, so I was looking for something more in with
the science.

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3 Replies to “What’s Wrong With Veganism: WFPB vs. VEGAN/VEGETARIAN – T. Colin Campbell Talks”

  1. This is an interesting differentiation from Dr.Campbell. I see all the vegan junk food on social media – that food porn type of post – and ended up unsubscribing because it turned me off of the vegan label. It is great to be that way for principles like animal welfare, environmental welfare, but we also have to take care of our own welfare and huge oreo nice cream desserts are not going to help us do that. I agree with Campbell, and prefer the term that he made up, of whole food plant based. Vegan only tells us what one does not eat. You can still be eating a shit load of processed ready made meals and junk food and call yourself a vegan. Sad to even see fat vegans now. Decades ago it was hard to be a fat vegan because it was a healthier lifestyle back then.

  2. Vegan is an ideology. WFPB is a eating style. WFPB doesn't mean supporting animal or environmental issues. Vegan doesn't automatically mean being heath conscious.

  3. We're meant to eat fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts and seeds. Processed stuff in general is unhealthy 🍟🍬🍮

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