Real World Science and Research on the Plant Based Diet : Renegade Health Interview

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I love seeing real world research on diets.

The reason why is because suddenly the health and nutritional theories start to lose their credibility.

What arises is usually good, prudent health advice that can help you feel better, or stay healthier for longer.

In today’s interview, I speak with Ann and Paul Malkmus of Hallelujah Acres. They have a huge ministry in North Carolina (which Annmarie and I have visited) and they have been watching and researching the health needs of their community for years.

What this means, is that they have data that could be valuable to you and your diet. What’s even more interesting is that things for them have changed, as they’ve studied their diet principles more deeply — and for a longer period of time.

In this interview, they share some of the pitfalls of a full plant-based diet and how you can overcome them.

Here’s where you can listen to Part 1 (My written comments follow)…

Paul and Ann Malkmus

Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my written comments from this interview…

1. The main principle of the Hallelujah (HAcres) diet…

Is juicing. They feel juicing is one of the main factors in a healthy diet. They teach a primarily raw diet with sprouted foods that includes some cooked foods (they also have added fish oil into their education.)

This approach has adapted over the years, but the juicing has remained the constant throughout.

2. I love research…

Since they have a large ministry in North Carolina, the HAcres team has had the ability to observe their diet in practice — in the real world — for years.

To take it to the next level, they have asked a researcher to come in and study some of their ideals to see if they were actually working or not.

Around 1999-2000, they tested a large portion of their members and found low levels of B12 — not all deficient — but 55-56% of them were had levels that were not optimal.

What they found further is that nutritional yeast or probiotics or bacteria rich food didn’t bring the levels up.

B12 supplementation was needed.

This says those eating a plant based diet should cover their bases with a B12 supplement. It’s likely that those not eating a plant based diet may want to do the same.

3. Add minerals back into distilled water.

Over the years, they found that drinking distilled water was OK, but it may be helpful to add minerals back into the water. I’d argue that they may want to just add green juice into the water (or herbal tea), but I’m not completely sure what their research found.

Reverse osmosis and distilled water are the best to drink — since they contain less toxins.

4. They found poor conversion from flax oil to DHA.

In the past, HAcres recommended flax oil for essential fatty acids. Over time, they noticed that the conversion of the EFA’s in flax was not being done efficiently inside the body.

They now recommend taking a high quality fish oil to supplement for DHA and EPA.

This is important to hear, since they were not so set in their ways to continue something that wasn’t working on a vegan principle. They observed, studied and adjusted.

I would be interested to see study with algae based DHA, the good news is that we’ll have some details on this in the next 6 months after we launch something we’ve been working on for a while.

5. D3, great for bone density, but results are better with resistance exercise.

By surveying their members, they also found that vitamin D3 was good for increasing bone density, but when combined with exercise the results were significantly better.

So if you want better bone density, you might want to exercise more.

6. Carrot juice is safe to drink and it doesn’t spike the blood sugar like some people say.

The also did an interesting research study on carrot juice and blood sugar spikes. You can read more about it here.

Simply, they found that drinking carrot juice did not put diabetics or anyone else into a blood sugar crisis — unlike what some health “experts” promoted.

This is good news, since I love carrot juice and don’t love high blood sugar!

Your question of the day: What is something that you learned about your health by years of observation?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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