Forks Over Knives

Forksoverknives.com is an incredible resource that anyone looking to learn about a vegan lifestyle should check out. The suite of resources includes the website, the documentary video Forks Over Knives (available on netflix) and a whole host of books such as FOK Plan, FOK Cookbook and FOK Magazine.

FOK generally brings together resources that help demonstrate how a plant-based lifestyle is the healthiest choice out there. It includes recipes and diet plans that help you understand how do adopt the lifestyle as well as incredible inspirational stories like that of Josh LaJaunie who dropped 220 pounds and went from over 400 pounds to becoming an ultra-marathon runner while adopting a plant-based lifestyle.

The film’s crew includes authorities such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study) and Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman who run a health and wellness center in Los Angeles and have written several books on plant-based lifestyles.

It’s rather interesting that despite enormous increases in illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and others in the United States over the last two generations the general public still doesn’t accept the evidence for a plant-based lifestyle as a potential cure.

Forks Over Knives makes the argument that the wrong diet is a major cause of poor health in America and that a change in our understanding of diet and the corporate sponsors which influence the advice we are given would lead to enormous improvements in health and decreases in resources wasted on medicine. In 2015, medical spending in the U.S. increased to roughly $10,000 annually per capita. The next highest countries in terms of health care spending spend at least 30% less per capita (Switzerland and Norway).

Health care spending also accounts for roughly 17.8% of the entire U.S. economy! Yet incredibly the average life expectancy in America is #31 in the world. Average life expectancy in Switzerland is 83 years old compared to 79 in America. The Americans evidently aren’t getting much value for their money in terms of health care. FOK looks at the link between poor diet and the root cause of the poor health epidemics and suggests a prescription for change that starts with our diets.