|Written by Greg Harvey of Fit 'N' Well.|
And yes, the typical response when I say something like that is "I heard of a jogger who had a heart attack while jogging". Yes we have all heard about that unfortunate individual and yes, you will always be able to find one or two cases here and there of an athlete who has a genetic heart condition and dies prematurely. You will also find one or two cases like Bob Hope who drank and smoked all his life and lived a long life. I think reasonable, logical people understand that people like that are the minority. The others aren't so lucky and don't tend to live into their 70's much less their 90's.
When you look at heart disease being the number one killer in North America and the amount of people who eat whole foods and focus on a plant-based diet vs how many people who die of heart disease who are either obese, have horribly unhealthy diets and don't exercise, I think you will find that argument is about as silly as suggesting that people don't look both ways before they cross a busy highway because they know someone who never looks both ways before crossing a busy street and he is still alive.
I like the infographic from Food Math 101. I don't know how accurate it is, but look at these graphics and think from a logical perspective. I think you will see the answer is obvious.
I grew up on a farm and I hope we still have farms for hundreds of years to come. I just hope that we start spending more of our land resources on food to feed humans and less of our land to feed the animals that we eat.