Earlier this year, What the Health, a documentary that promotes plant-based eating and explores the plethora of public health threats posed by our Western meat-heavy diets, left the world shook. Now the popular documentary has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the “Outstanding Documentary category.
From the makers of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy, What the Health asks one burning question: Why are no major health organizations talking about one of the leading causes of cancer, diabetes, and many other lifestyle-related diseases?
Soon after its release, the film went viral, and many viewers, particularly people of color, switched to a plant-based diet. Everyone from R&B singer Ne-Yo and a quarter of the Tennessee Titans to NBA players Kyrie Irving, JaVale McGee, and Damian Lillard decided to ditch animal products.
According to a recent New York Times article on black vegans, “Vegan cooking and eating are having a renaissance among black Americans, driven in part by movements like Black Lives Matter, documentaries like ‘What the Health,’ and a growing cadre of people who connect personal health, animal welfare and social justice with the fight for racial equality.
Veganism has a long history in various black communities; from Rastafarians to African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, it’s been around for centuries. It should come as no surprise that the NAACP recognizes this powerful film.
Study after study has shown that a plant-based diet is beneficial to your health. In fact, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that people on a vegetarian diet for more than 17 years live an average of 3.6 years longer than their non-vegetarian counterparts. Meat, on the other hand, has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer.
In addition to harming our health, meat, dairy, and eggs are causing unimaginable animal suffering and literally killing our planet.