Anyone who does not eat beef, pork, chicken, fish, eggs or dairy is eating a vegan diet. But someone who is eating vegan foods like beyond burgers, fake sausages, fake cheese, potato chips, corn chips, french fries, white bread peanut butter sandwiches, doughnuts, cakes, pies, and vegetable oils is probably no healthier than someone who eats the Standard American Diet that is responsible for our current pandemic of obesity, diabetes, and coronary artery disease that contributed to many of the deaths arrtibuted to COVID-19.
I can not say for certain that an animal-free whole plant food diet is the best diet for everyone. But I know it is the best diet for me because:
This article titled An Introduction to the Whole Food, Plant-Based, SOS-Free Diet outlines the basics of the diet including the foods to include, the foods to avoid, where to buy food, and two sample recipes.
I have been reading a book by Dr. David Katz titled "The Truth About Food" that is about 750 pages long. To get a clear idea about the book, watch the The Truth About Food video interview of Dr. Katz posted at The Real Truth About Health. Here are two quotes from the book:
Many people who have been eating the Standard American Diet feel so bad when they switch to a whole plant food diet that they give up. In the Vegan Detox - How Much Time Does It Take video Dr. Klapper answers the question: How much time does it take to detox the body from animal products once you go vegan?
Here are several links to the relationship between dairy and health:
The first is an article titled 12 Frightening Facts About Milk that describes a cohort study that showed increased mortality for woman who drank three or more glasses of milk per day had almost twice the mortality over 20 years compared to those women consuming less than one glass a day. In addition, the high milk-drinkers did not have improved bone health. In fact, they had more fractures, particularly hip fractures.
The second is a video titled 8 Reasons to Give Up Dairy the summarizes the effect of consuming dairy on your health.
Finally, if you have new or expectent mothers in your family, you might want to have them read this article titled Raising Dairy Free Babies.
In his NutritionFacts.org video titled The Role of Burger Viruses In Cancer Dr. Greger presents evidence that shows polyomaviruses discovered in meat can survive cooking and pasteurization. He goes on to discuss how some of these viruses in milk can contribute to the increase in some cancers in this country.
What happens to your gut flora when you switch from a more animal-based diet to a more plant-based diet? Dr. Greger explains in his Microbiome: The Inside Sotry and Microbiome: We Are What We Eat videos from NutritionFacts.org.