LIFE

This can save animals as well as humans

THE LIVING legend, Greg Chappel, went on to bat for vegan diet, cautioning non-vegetarians, saying, `don't juggle with your health'.

The former Australian skipper has appeared for an advertisement of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), touting vegetarianism.

Teaming up with the Peta, the former cricketer and the coach of the Indian skipper, Saurav Ganguly, has recommended veganism (vegetarianism) for everyone right from athletes to businessmen and is eager to narrate a tell-tale evidence of how vegan diet has improved his health.

"Giving up meat and dairy products in favour of healthier foods, including soya and vegetables, made me feel stronger and healthier," he has said in his book, `Health and Fitness'.

His reasoning against consumption of dairy products is unnecessary after the weaning period. "Dairy milk is a perfectly balanced food for calves and nothing else. It does contain certain nutrients, but it also contains things that do us much more harm than the nutrients do us good."

Mr. Chappel has joined the Indian leggie, Anil Kumble, and the indomitable tennis star, Martina Navratilova, who have also appeared in the PeTA ads promoting healthy veggie foods, as suggested by nutrition-conscious doctors, the world over.

The PeTA's reasoning against dairy products is that they are linked to a high rate of lactose-intolerance in India — a problem that plagued Mr. Chappel himself until he became vegan — as well as diabetes, some types of cancer, heart disease, obesity and osteoporosis.

To Mr. Chappel, the benefits of avoiding dairy foods were immediate. "Within days, literally, of giving up milk and cheese, symptoms of lactose-intolerance vanished."

The PeTA has supported its stance with the observations of Colin Campbell of Cornell University, according to whom all types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and other forms of degenerative diseases can be prevented simply by adopting a plant-based diet, and Dean Ornish of the university of California, who has demonstrated that artery blockages can be reversed with a low-fat vegetarian diet.

Vegan foods, say PeTA Indian representative, Aniradha Sawhney, are low in fat and have absolutely no cholesterol, but they do provide iron, calcium, protein and nutrients.

More than everything else, a veganism diet also saves animals, in the event of it becoming the order of the world.

For, turkeys, chicken, sheep and other animals raised on `factory farms' without exposure to fresh air, could be saved from being killed in a crude manner.

From R. Krishnamoorthy in Madurai.

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