April 27, 2016

Part 2 – Brenda Davis – The Truth Behind Nutrition & The Requirements The Human Body Really Needs!

Part 2 – Brenda Davis RN is filled with information.  In this episode you will learn statistics of how vegans live longer & why they live healthier lives, which will make you rethink how you have been eating AND why you waited so long to change! LOL Also you will learn 3 the 3 biggest myths or lies in nutrition.  This is worth the entire episode really!  She also gives you 3 tips to implement right now if you want to begin a change to a plant based vegan diet. If I ever want to know the truth about some controversy I look first in Brenda Davis’s book called Becoming Vegan. I read everything she has written about any subject because I have come to learn she tells you the real truth about nutrition & you can trust what she says.  At the same time she is so passionate about animals & about spreading her message that when we eat the healthiest way possible for our own health that we also gain 100x more than that because we save thousands of animals from suffering and help the planet so much because the #1 destruction of our planet and environment is animal agriculture.  Yes it is see all the facts in the movie Cowspiracy! So getting healthy is only a win win!!


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Welcome back everyone!  I hope you had a great week.  I know many of you learned so much from Part 1 of the interview with Brenda Davis so I hope you are looking forward to learning a lot more today from Brenda because she is so full of knowledge that is based completely on science and you will hear actual statistic showing how you can benefit from a whole foods plant based vegan diet. Be sure to check out her new books called Becoming Vegan Express Edition or the Comprehensive Edition which is what I recommend for practitioners but really it is a great book for all if you love information.  She is rock solid and what she teaches us is so reliable so you can trust this book you will live by if you own it.  Also check out her delicious recipes on her website… especially those caramel turtles she spoke about last in Part 1.  Lastly be sure to stay tuned till the end so you can hear her amazing 3 tips you should implement immediately and her 3 myths or biggest lies in nutrition.  That is worth the whole hour really!  I a, so happy and honored to have her as a guest and I hope you guys enjoy Part 2 as much or more as Part 1.  So let’s get the show on the road.

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Now let me introduce to you Brenda.

Bio of Brenda Davis
Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in the Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world.
Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books – Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), Becoming Vegan (2000), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), Becoming Raw (2010), the Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001).  She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian (2009). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages. Brenda has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines.
Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Brenda lives in Kelowna British Columbia with her husband, Paul Davis.


Main Ideas

  • People should not worry about the goitrogens in SOY because there are goitrogens in broccoli, potatoes, millet and all kinds of foods.  It is never a concern unless you are Iodine deplete.  You need some sea salt and seaweed is a good source of Iodine.  If you don’t eat seaweed then you definitely should supplement with Iodine.  
  • The other issue is the trypsin inhibitors but there is so much hype about that but when you cook soy you destroy them and sprouting reduces them so much but who eats raw soy!  So the Trypsin inhibitors are not a factor at all.
  • It is a ridiculous notion that beans are bad due to the lectins in them.  But the lectins also are destroyed when you cook & most are destroyed when you sprout.
  • The Paleo proponents or anti vegan people are saying that beans that are toxic and we should not eat them.
  • There is only one study showing harm from legumes but that is because they were severely undercooked. Every study we have shows they are extremely beneficial. One study showed you could expand your lifespan by 7-8% just by eating 2/3 of an oz of legumes a day.  There are so many studies showing the benefits of beans.
  • Every Blue Zone all consume plant based diets and they consume legumes as a dietary staple so if they were so bad then the longest living and healthiest people in the world would not be eating them as their staple.
  • I think when you say people are sensitive it just means they have gas and that is not really a big issue. Gas is not the worst thing in the world but they need to get the bacteria in their stomaches improved. They need to start slowly and eat small amounts at first and then slowly increase the amount.  Beans help build your gut bacteria. They are the PRE biotics and they will help the other good bacteria grow.
  • How do you help vegans with candida. Its hard to take out all fruit & carbs.  We have to remember if you look at the studies of dysbiosis meat supports the growth of pathogenic bacteria so it makes no sense to go off carbs and eat meat with candida. You need to get rid of refined carbs and be somewhat conscious of total carbs and focus on beens and greens and sprout your grains for a while.  Certainly you can eat some fruits, grains if they are IN tact whole foods.  I would reduce intake of fruit a little but not completely.  With grains I would choose the lower GI grains like barley or quinoa or oat groats.. keeping them in tact rather than flaked, puffed or flours even if they are whole grains.  In tact means they have not been ground up, cut, flaked rolled only just in tact whole grains.
  • I think fermented foods are good for Candida.  But they are not the same as pickled foods as they tend to be just salted foods.  Fermented foods are so different and healthy.  There are some foods like Kimchi that is very high in salt but also fermented so that should be limited due to the high salt content.
  • I do my own fermented cheese now & they are so easy to make now that are all nut based vegan cheeses.  Before the vegan cheese were all plastic tasting and garbage but now they are so healthy and delicious.
  • Paleo trend really concerns me.  It is a bit healthier than Atkins as there is some emphasis on veggies and they take away refined sugars and dairy. But the risk of colon cancer with that amount of meat intake is going to be sky high.  It is also a risk to our planet because it is not sustainable.
  • I did a comparison to the intake of a real paleolithic diet to a modern day paleo to a vegan diet.
  • The traditional paleo had 75-150 grams of fiber a day.  Vegan diets come close to this but modern day paleo diets don’t come close.  What I found that the vegan diet actually comes closer to the paleolithic diet of the past in almost every nutrient.  
  • You can see this graph at the end of the show notes under links.
  • Fiber is a dietary component of concern these days.  Paleo diets really lack in fiber and it is such an important component of nutrition and we are really lacking in fiber.
  • There was a study from nature in 2014 of all foods grazing free range beef produced the largest carbon footprint of any food there is.
  • I agree that you are playing Russian Roulette by eating meat as it is so carcinogenic.
  • All animal protein is dangerous.
  • Dairy is primarily taken for calcium yet in Paleolithic times they didn’t consume any dairy and yet they got double the amount of calcium.
  • Dairy products are a vehicle for pus, saturated fat, hormones, antibiotics and pathogens.
  • In terms of adequacy there is absolutely for milk of another species.  Moose and deer’s milk have 2x the amount of calcium as cow’s milk it doesn’t make them essential foods.
  • I would focus more on ensuring adequate calcium in plants like in low oxalate green leafy vegetables and fortified non dairy milk. It is easy.
  • Raw cow milk is NO better health wise.  Raw milk has dangerous pathogens in it and has a huge risk and it is why it is banned in many states.
  • People with MTHFR variant are gene mutations that can lead to high homocysteine levels and one way to deal with it is to restrict methionine from the diet.  
  • You also have to be careful eating foods with added folic acid and if you take it you should take the methyl folate to Folic acid.
  • It is more of a problem if you have homozygous meaning 2 copies of this gene.
  • You should restrict to 1200 milligrams of methionine but you still can eat methionine foods and it is impossible to go without them completely.
  • Meat is the highest in methionine like chicken, turkey, lobster, fish, crab, beef.  No plant foods have more methionine that animal foods.
  • Regarding food combining: WE could not find anything in science for these claims but some people find they feel better when they separate fruit from protein or whatever combinations that help them.
  • I agree it has more to do with dysbiosis or imbalanced gut bacteria
  • Regarding long term raw food diets:  They can be healthy but they have to take B12, Iodine, Vit D.  We wrote the book Becoming Raw but I believe it is better to be 70% raw and eat cooked sweet potatoes, cooked lentil soup etc.
  • People who consume vegan diets have 1/3 less heart disease, 19% less cancer, 62% less diabetes, 75% less hypertension, 40% less cataracts & have the rates of renal disease so in spite of what we hear in the media we have much science to prove you can live longer and healthier with a vegan diet.


3 lies or myths:

1.  People need meat for protein, cow’s milk for calcium and fish for essential fatty acid.

2.  Soy is poison

3. Grains are harmful. Unrefined grains are so healthy and it is a total myth.



3 tips to implement now:

1. Really look at your intake of refined carbs, both starches and sugars.  Get rid of drinking any sugar.  Get rid of whole grains that are refined and focus on in tact grains like barely, quinoa etc.  

2. Be sure you are meeting your nutritional needs.  Most likely a supplement of B12 2x a week of 1000 micrograms.  Eat beans on a daily basis, eat leafy greens for our calcium but low oxalate ones are best as the calcium binds to the oxalate greens so we don’t absorb as much as we would in broccoli or Bok Choy.  Take Iodine 150 micrograms a day.  Vitamin D is important to take and essential fatty acids like a source from micro algae, or hemp seeds, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds.

3.  Take care of your gut flora; maximize anti inflammatory compounds found in whole plant foods. Also we need to minimize the harmful residues in foods like additives and the by products of cooking in high heat.  



How was that for an information packed ending. Man that is something you can re listen to over and over and go wow!  When you hear the stats she gives on vegans and diseases it is quite impressive.  AND don’t forget that is taking into account all vegans and many are not eating that healthy but I still think most vegans tend to be more health conscious but still there are plenty of process vegan junk foods so you can be sure when you eat organic whole plant foods, nuts, seeds, whole grains the stats go up even higher.

Well I sure hope you guys learned a lot from Brenda.  I will have her back in the future.  She is a real gem and a great asset to learn the real truth behind all the confusion out there.  So get her book and get going on your path of wellness!  

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Links for the show
Brenda’s Website – Check it out especially the recipe section!

Recipe for the Caramel Vegan Turtles Brenda spoke of.


Book Links

A great book to learn & understand the importance of a plant based diet but also how to do it right! Super reference!

A smaller version of a great book to learn & understand the importance of a plant based diet but also how to do it right! Super reference!


Links to Brenda’s articles
If you want to read some good articles on Soy, Vit D, being vegan go here:

Reasons to go vegan:

Articles on Soy, Diabetes, Treating Gout with plant based diets, Dogs thriving vegan

More articles on Soy, Coconut Oil and Paleo Diet

Graph where Brenda compared the real Paleolithic diet to a vegan diet and the new Paleo diet:

Videos of Brenda Davis RN


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