The China Study was the result of a 20 year research partnership between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine that focused on the dietary habits of people living in rural China and Taiwan. The results, in brief, show that “high consumption of animal-based foods is associated with more chronic disease, while those who ate primarily a plant-based diet were the healthiest.”
The China Study is not a diet plan, but rather a reevaluation of nutrition. Author Dr. T. Colin Campbell explains: “we’ve distorted our diet seriously” because “we study one nutrient out of context,” which he claims leads to misconceptions like low-carb or protein-rich diets. Even supposedly healthy animal proteins have been linked to cancer.
Dr. Campbell has published more about his research in his book, The China Study, which the New York Times calls the “Grand Prix of epidemiology.”