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In Defence of Food

Eat Mostly Plants

Eat Mostly Plants
  • Eat mostly plants, especially leaves
  • Eat as many different kinds of plants as possible as they all have different antioxidants
  • Plant foods—with the exception of seeds—are less energy-dense so you’ll likely consume fewer calories
  • We don’t need to eat meat—with the exception of vitamin B12, every nutrient found in meat can be obtained somewhere else
  • If you eat meat, buy it in bulk and freeze it. Freezing does not significantly diminish the nutritional value of produce
  • The greater the diversity of foods you eat, the more likely you are to cover all your nutritional bases
  • Eat well-growth food from healthy soils: look for food that is both organic and local
  • Eat wild foods when you can
  • Eat according to the rules of your traditional food culture

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