I don't know that I would call the China Study "solid research." Check this out:
I was going to post that, but last time I did that I got flamed out of the thread by people screaming at me that non-vegetarians are not welcome in their posts.
Definitely check out the link. It's a lot of information but is worth reading.
I'm all for cutting back on animal products or even eliminating them, if someone desires (I don't have an interest in eliminating them myself). I think that the China Study doesn't really prove that it's beneficial in the way they'd like it to be.
I was about to post this too.
Read it (the whole thing!!). It's quite lengthy and very detailed, but do it.
I like meat but for me it wasn't optimal,
Everyone is different. It seems people only like to read and not Judge without actually trying these diet programs, "huhhhhh"
So who cares about China Study, Cholesterol Myth, etc,,,,,...
until you actually try it you won't know what's best.
Just my opinion
I've seen documentaries and read articles on both sides of the argument of the health benefits of a vegan diet, but to be honest, I don't really care if vegetarian/vegan is healthier. My family is concerned about the unnecessary suffering of defenseless and innocent animals.
In my household, we are reducing our consumption of animal products because we believe primates do not require meat for survival. As a result, the animals we slaughter suffer and die needlessly only for our convenience, not survival. Face it... Taco Bell is much more convenient for me than cooking up a bunch of vegetables from scratch.
At this point in my life, I am tired and I am not going to turn away and ignore issues like this anymore. I can't change the world, but I can change my lifestyle to be more animal and earth-friendly. There does not have to be a direct, near-term benefit to myself.