China Study cheat sheet: 10 things you need to know


With so little time, how will you ever get around to reading The China Study?

The China Study is one of those weighty, groundbreaking books that is perhaps more talked about than actually read.

We understand why: At 417 pages, with lots of nutrition facts and stats, it’s a lot to digest.

So we read it cover-to-cover for you, taking notes along the way. Understanding the book’s thesis has incredible implications for your health—like meat and dairy are way worse for you than you or your doctor could have known.

Here is your 10-step cheat sheet to everything in The China Study you need to know, plus a summary.

And if you’ve read it yourself, please add to our Cliff’s Notes in the Comments section below!

Summary: What is The China Study? It’s the largest comprehensive study of human nutrition ever conducted. It was launched via a partnership between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine. The groundbreaking results from the study (and other influential nutrition research) recommend the best diet for long-term health.

1. American health statistics are scary. You may feel fit as a fiddle, but the country is unwell. Almost a third of adults over 20 are obese; one out of thirteen people have diabetes; and heart disease kills one out of every three Americans. We also pay more for our health care than any other country, and we don’t have better health to show for it.

2. Animal protein promotes the growth of cancer. The book author T. Colin Campbell, PhD., grew up on a dairy farm, so he regularly enjoyed a wholesome glass of milk. Not anymore. In multiple, peer-reviewed animal studies, researchers discovered that they could actually turn the growth of cancer cells on and off by raising and lowering doses of casein, the main protein found in cow’s milk.

The China Study3. Pesticides are gross, but none switch on cancer like poor nutrition. The food you eat affects the way your cells interact with carcinogens, making them more or less dangerous. “The results of these, and many other studies, showed nutrition to be far more important in controlling cancer promotion than the dose of the initiating carcinogen.”

4. The study findings are bulletproof. After years of controversial lab results on animals, the researchers had to see how they played out in humans. The study they created included 367 variables, 65 counties in China, and 6,500 adults (who completed questionnaires, blood tests, etc.). “When we were done, we had more than 8,000 statistically significant associations between lifestyle, diet, and disease variables.” In other words, there’s no arguing with the findings, Meat Council of America. Sorry.

5. The results are simple: Eat plants for health. “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest.”

6. Heart disease can be reversed through nutrition. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., a physician and researcher at the best cardiac center in the country, The Cleveland Clinic, treated 18 patients with established coronary disease with a whole foods, plant-based diet. Not only did the intervention stop the progression of the disease, but 70 percent of the patients saw an opening of their clogged arteries. Dr. Dean Ornish, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, completed a similar study with consistent results.

7. Carbs are not the enemy. Highly-processed, refined carbohydrates are bad for you. But plant foods are full of healthy carbs. Research shows that diets like the Atkins or South Beach can actually cause dangerous side effects. While they may result in short-term weight loss, you’ll be sacrificing long-term health.

8. Plants are powerful. It’s not just cancer and heart disease that respond to a whole foods, plant-based diet. It may also help protect you from diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, bone, kidney, eye, and brain diseases.

9. You don’t have to tailor your diet for specific health benefits. Eating healthy can seem segmented—broccoli will prevent breast cancer, carrots are good for eyes, did you get enough vitamin C today? “Nutrition that is truly beneficial for one chronic disease will support health across the board.”

10. Plants do it better. “There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants.” Protein (YES, PROTEIN!), fiber, vitamins, minerals—you name it, they’ve got it, and the health benefits. —Lisa Elaine Held

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  1. September 23rd, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Wow! Thanks for posting this–I sure hope there won’t be many arguments against a plant-based diet. Like Michael Pollen said so eloquently, “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”

  2. September 23rd, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I’m really surprised – and disappointed – to see this here. “The study findings are bulletproof.” ??? While there are some useful nutritional recommendations in the study, its overarching conclusion (“Plants do it better”) is most certainly falsifiable. Put simply, its science is careless. It also ignores basic human biology. I’ve been reading this blog since it started and have always appreciated its objectivity and the ability of its writers to cut through the bull**** (which, unfortunately, there is a lot of in the health and wellness world). This post just confuses me.

  3. September 23rd, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I think #2. Animal protein promotes the growth of cancer is not a good heading for this. When I read this I thought, “Oh no! Meat causes cancer.” When in fact, it’s referring to the protein in cow’s milk. Isn’t that two DIFFERENT things / proteins????

  4. September 23rd, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Ok, the more I re-read the article, the more annoyed I am. I don’t know if the writer did a bad job summarizing or the book really contains sometimes foolish comments. I agree with Linda, how can #4 the study findings are bulletproof be correct?? They did this study ONLY in China. I am half Chinese and I’m built VERY different from a full Chinese.

    And #5 “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest.” I wonder if they talked about whether these people exercise or do some daily activity. Most people who eat more plant-based foods area often more health conscious. Also, what if these are poor farmers who cannot afford meat. Their labor work plus their lack of meat could contribute to their difference in health.

    I have nothing against a plant based diet. In fact, I think more people should move towards it as I agree that it’s healthier. This summary makes it sound like that book says that eating meat will kill you. In that case, most of us should be dead. Or have cancer. My family are big meat eaters, no one has cancer. I don’t know…either the book is really ridiculous and make silly little claims with little or very loose support or the person who summarized it did a terrible job and makes it sound (at least to me) very flimsy.

  5. September 24th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I agree that when you read a review of a book it is usually easy to poke holes in the statements. If you actually read the book, you would find that it answers all of the questions you have raised. The study is very comprehensive and is also backed up by a lot of other research. The conclusions stated in this article are accurate.
    If you want more information but don’t want to read a book, I would recommend the video “Forks Over Knives”.

  6. September 24th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Dear Barbara and others,

    I am currently in the process of reading The China Study. It is one of the most interesting books I’ve read, and is in fact written as somewhat of a memoir. I recommend anyone who feels disturbed by this article read the book. The results from multiple studies of Dr. Colin Campbell and his partners, including this one, the largest ever nutritional study done on humans spanning 65 countries and 6500 people (that’s a pretty amazing cross section of people!), all point to the same conclusions. Those conclusions, consistent to about 95%, are that animal protein simply put, activates cancer cells. It’s remarkable, and well worth a deeper look, by understanding the study in greater depth, and understanding the results.

    In Dr. Campbell’s initial study on protein, still believing animal protein to be a health food as the son of a dairy farmer, he found 100% of rats fed a diet consisting of 20% animal protein all developed cancer from a carcinogen known as aflatoxin. The rats fed the same carcinogen but on a diet consisting of 5% animal protein developed cancer at a rate of 0%. In further studies after this initial result, the cancer activation was found to be able to be switched on and off. On with increased animal protein, off with decreased animal protein, and stopped or reversed with plant based protein. Simply amazing. 100% to 0%. Have you ever heard of such results?

    The study talks about more than just cancer. It talks about animal protein in our western diets contributing to obesity (1/3 adults), diabetes (1 in 13), heart disease (1 in 3).

    The idea that animal protein is harmful to our health is a very threatening idea. We have economies based on this idea. Dr. Campbell’s own family was raised on this business. If this fact agitates you, it’s your duty to research it further. It’s not unthinkable that for a collective idea to be wrong. But if enough people seek and find the truth, the world changes. This change is happening. And it’s absolutely amazing and shocking at the same time. The collective idea we have now about animal protein has been proven to be false.

    Read The China Study and form your own opinions. Read any medical journal these days on nutrition, not sponsored by industry, and see it for yourself. Animal protein as a health food has come to an end. Inform yourself, and if I am wrong, then please inform me of the findings to the contrary.

    In defense of people whose diet consists of meat, which most of the studies subjects did. Low levels of animal protein is not what’s killing us. But with meat, eggs, milk, cheese and butter, the average american east a high percentage of animal protein each day. This article recommends changing the main source of our protein to plant based protein. If you love meat, love it, just don’t love it to death.

  7. September 25th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Dear Andrea,

    Thanks for the clarification on animal protein! One thing, since you’re reading the book, the above article said that the study is performed in 65 counties (not countries as you noted in your comment) in China. Can you clarify which it is? Countries or counties? Thanks!

  8. September 25th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Oops! You’re right. Counties, within China. Not countries. I kept on reading that wrong and had to correct myself. Now I’m writing it wrong too. Counties.

  9. September 25th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I love this site, but please present a whole sided picture next time, and take the time to check if there is counter research to studies you are presenting. This study is NOT bullet proof and there has been TONS of very good research poking many holes in the way the research was conducted in The China Study. I’m not saying I disagree with with many points in the China Study, but the research was not done as “bullet proof or thorough” as the review is saying.

  10. September 26th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    it’s wonderful to get the benefit of others doing the deeper digging into this subject. I’ve read “Diet for a New America” which is very well documented and should be of interest to anyone reading “the China Study”…the end result though is that being vegan is best for all.
    as well, the movie “Forks over Knives” is a documentary which discusses the China study too, and is very convincing. Easier to “digest” than the book too!

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  22. July 12th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I am a hard core low carb guy and 62 1/2 years old. The China study has challenged my thinking. Over the last 12 years my best blood tests were when I literally drank bacon fat gallons of olive oil and consumed red meat. I took vitamins and minerals didn’t exercise. And guess what? My weight dropped significantly. I struggle with high blood pressure when I add too many carbs. I admit alcohol affected triglycerides. I’m taking the challenge to radically switch to a plant food diet and will check back with results in 3-4 months. I am not going crazy on exercise or vitamins and have reduced alcohol to 4 oz of red wine a day and one cup of coffee. I will miss eating things that have a face.(I am a hunter and fisherman) I look in the mirror and smile and ponder why I have canines? See ya! My vegan buddies are going to get a kick out of this.

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  25. August 20th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I do not see any remarks regarding alcohol? Did the China study in these counties incorporate alcohol. Also what is the take on extra virgin olive oil intake?

  26. September 21st, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Animal protein promotes the growth of cancer. Really!?, based on a rat study were all the rats were poisened to induce cancer, were the non-protein rats only atained half their body mass, were half the non-prtein rats died before reaching 6 months, and were the protein rats all lived longer. And, here is the killer, the expirement repeated, were rats were given a complete amonio acid (protein) plant based diet. They had exactly the same results.

    The study findings are bulletproof. Really!?, Perhaps you should go read some critique over at http://rawfoodsos.com/the-china-study/
    It seems some tend to think the study findinga are all but bulletproof

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  32. November 24th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    To those who think our pathetic little canines are proof that we should be consuming meat….think again. Many true herbivores have canines….look at the gorilla!!

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  40. March 12th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I partly agree with you on this statement: “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest.”

    Partly since “animal-based foods” like chicken, beef, pork are good source of nutrients. Yes, over-eating them is unhealthy but not eating them as well is unhealthy. Eat in moderation that’s all there is.

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  44. May 20th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for doing this! But, as many folks are pointing out, be careful of calling *any* study “bulletproof.” TCS is a great piece of research, but with any kind of study that quantifies things like nutrition, diet, human behavior, etc. there are always some “holes.” :-)

    Aside from that, this is a nice summary for those folks who just don’t have the stamina to get through the actual book.

  45. July 16th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    ever know someone who died from eating too many veggies ?? blueberry cancer ?? broccoli disease ?? cancer and disease are mostly caused by your diet and animal protein .. does your doctor tell you to eat less bacon and more veggies or more bacon and less veggies ?? wake up and admit your addition to animal protein – if it was so good for you, the states would not be the most unhealthy developed country in the world ..

  46. Philip Walker
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I am a new Vegan (1 year) and I do therefore obviously support a plant based diet. I do feel though with the China Study that the author produces a lot of statistics that he then uses to support this theory which could be interpreted differently.

    I am a Vegan for reasons of compassionate living and then health. I personally prefer books like Diet for a New America which is a mixture of the health benefits of plant based eating while also mixing with ethics seems somehow more honest and more of a way to go. I’m not sure if Campbell does it deliberately but from things I’ve read it does certainly seem that purely from physical health perspective that he could interpret some things differently. I just feel it’s important to promote eating plants rather than animals from physical health and ethics rather than purely physical health.

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  56. January 28th, 2014 at 1:26 am

    It is easy to judge a book based on what the person judging understands, but that does not increase understanding. People write books based on what they understand, in order to grow, we must read them based on the understandings of the author. After contemplating the understandings we can agree or disagree, but while reading or listening the openness to understanding is important. The same is true for people who will eventually support or not support the findings.

  57. January 30th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Odd that people can’t see that eating meat causes cancer. Look at what we feed our livestock, cement dust to make them weigh in heavier then their brains are bludgeoned (cows) this drives blood from skull into its body, antibiotics, bleach. I don’t want to injest anything like that, its filthy. It rots and maggots feed off it…

  58. February 2nd, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I suggest you do a little research before believing any if this article. There are so many unfounded conclusions and even straight lies that it is hard to believe any of this book. For one it is a complete lie that plants provide all nutrients better than animal products ( chicken liver has about 5 times the folate that spinach does per weight). The entire study is also based off 3 data points for every person with no genetic factors considered ever. The results also fail to state negative correlations in other regions that completely contradict the study’s so-called results. If you look at the actual data you will see that there is actually more correlation between animal products and decreased cancer rates except in a very few isolated diseases such as heart disease. The numbers provided by the author himself show animal protein consumption is correlated with less cancer than plant proteinandand carbs, fats, etc. Do some research before you buy into someone’s agenda. I’m appalled by the twisting of conclusions, ignoring statistics, lack of controls, and overall amateur nature of this study. Based on 3 data points collected from people in 65 counties where only 3 had any significant consumption of dairy should raise a red flag, also ignoring contradicting results, having no true control, no genetic considerations…and more lead me to believe this study has much more agenda than fact.

  59. March 10th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I have had two operations to remove a lump and invasive cancer. I also have just completed 4 weeks radiation for breast cancer. I have been advised to take Tamoxifen for 5 years of which the possible side effects are not very nice. It is a complex issue for me as the experience of being told you have cancer is indescribable. Fear in its purest form. I will follow the china study recommendations and not take the Tamoxifen. If it reoccurs at least I tried. It is all about choice but I must admit I am surprised by how many people continue to ignore what is happening on their front doorstep. Youth today have a can of coke and hot chips in their hands instead of an apple and water from the tap which is what I had. You were uncool if you did not play sport also. I am 49 and may I say time poor parents, the media and big business must wear the majority of the blame! Keep your head in the sand and end up in the sand sooner than you think.

  60. March 26th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    As a long-time vegetarian, I was extremely interested in The China Study. I’ve read a lot of books about nutrition, but this is by far the best because it’s not based on theory but sound scientific evidence. If everybody could be persuaded to read this book, it would not only be better for their health, but also for animal welfare and the planet.

  61. March 28th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    You can disagree with the China Study until the cows come home (pun intended;), but if you decide to do your own study and change your diet to the recomendations outlined in Forks Over Knives, you will never disagree with these findings again. A strict plant based diet for one month produces results in your body that are nothing short of magic. I believe a small amount of grass fed, trully free range meat (and by small amount I mean 4-5 oz a week!) will cause no harm. Fish is a different story – fish is so polluted, and misreprepresented in the market place (you most likely arent eating the fish you think you’re eating!)I won’t touch it. I am always amazed that the people that take issue with my eating habits have never tried it themselves. Try it for 4-6 weeks! You’ll never go back:)

  62. April 12th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Being Vegan didn’t stop Steve Jobs getting cancer!

  63. May 12th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Great summation!
    Thanks for your great article. Every point was right on target.

    I was so surprised when I read the comments to see that there are so many people in denial here!! I guess it’s a reflection of the “Meat Mindset” you find in this country. Oh well, I’d rather be a happy herbivore than a stubborn, sickly, steak eater!

  64. May 29th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    If you haven’t read the book don’t make a comment. Read it, start a diet and see how it works for you. Cancer research collects billions of your dollars, so i ask, who stands to loose if they find a cure for cancer? The people reaping in all that tax free money! They will never find a cure because your health is all about the money! So do yourself a favor and eat healthier.

  65. June 15th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    This post betrays its quality by seeing ” The study they created included 367 variables”, as a good thing, and any nutritional research as ‘bulletproof’.

    Please take some time to seriously read:


    and / or:


    I know to most it will appear as another commentator giving an opinion that doesn’t challenge, but they both raise serious and real challenges to methodology of The China Study. The conclusions just aren’t supported by Campbell’s evidence, regardless of how much he throws at us.

  66. July 11th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    This is a summary of a 400 page book. In fact if you read the book, it is not just casein, but all animal proteins that can promote cancer growth and vegetable based diets that can decrease it. Also, it was not just done in China – There are tons and tons of studies done in the book. This is a summary – the author can’t put EVERYTHING in it… overall, don’t we know that vegetables are better for you than meat? Just curious…

  67. August 2nd, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I recently had a calcium heart scan, and it showed a moderate blockage in the main and most important artery of my heart. My cousin, older than I am, got even worse results with this test three years ago. The day before coming to visit me, he went on a thirty mile bicycle ride. His angina has disappeared. He is eighty-two. Three years ago, He was directed to read The China Study by his cardiologist, who encouraged him to try the diet cure rather than a stent, and he has been eating a whole food, plant-based diet ever since. I have nearly finished reading The China Study. I would love to poke holes in the countless research findings. I love my cheese, butter, meat, and mayo.

    I will not say the research studies are “bulletproof.” But there were many done by different groups, and the similarities in their findings are difficult to ignore. So many studies, folks! It isn’t only the authors of this book who are saying an animal-based diet may kill us.

    The way I see it, I have nothing to lose by trying this whole food, plant based diet for three months to see how it affects my LDL levels. And I may have years longer to live if it works. Some people say that they’d rather live big and die sooner, and I can understand one’s wish to enjoy life. But after two weeks of vegan eating, I’m discovering that there are some pretty darned delicious things to eat that I would never have tried a month ago. Tonight I had pizza! Crust made with quinoa, topped with an un-cheez recipe from the Ultimate Un-Cheez Cookbook, leftover vegan stir fry from last night, some tomatoes, and roasted pine nuts. All in all, very low in fat, considering my portion. Was it comparable to sausage swimming in cheese? No. But it was still delicious, and I’m starting to believe I can do this.

    I think the Cheat Sheet posted here did a good job of “encapsulating” this extremely thick and information-packed book, The China Study. Perhaps the use of “bulletproof” was a bad choice of word, but many studies, beyond the China Study, have pointed to animal-based diets as being to blame for most of our life-threatening illnesses. Yes, casein protein was the first animal protein researched, but this book goes way beyond our consumption of cow’s milk to target animal proteins across the board. And it was not only this one scientist who discovered markedly similar statistics.

    Am I certain eating this way will save my life? No. Am I hoping it will? Yes. I am an animal lover to the extreme and was a vegetarian for two years. But I don’t think all people out there will let the soulful brown eyes of a steer come between them and a juicy steak. Howwever, I do think that those steak eaters will stop eating steak if they become convinced that animal-based diets will give them colon, stomach, or liver cancer. Or kidney stones. Or a host of auto-immune diseases.

    Let the research continue! And hats off to the researchers who have the courage to speak out against our industrialized food industry, which will laugh all the way to the bank while we floss remnants of a cheese burger from between our teeth.

  68. October 28th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    If you do not eat your dog then I think we should not eat meat. How can something you killed be good for you? It is not just casein in milk, it is stealing the milk from the calves. Animals are not born to be killed. They love their off springs as much as we love our babies. Be kinder, be compassionate to all beings. They are our co-inhabitants on planet earth. We are being lied to for having canine teeth. How come our canine teeth is no bigger than the cat canine teeth. When we are 10 times bigger than the cat. Our intestinal guts have more similarity with that of a herbivorous than any meat eating animals. We are indoctrinated into eating meats which we are not naturally designed for. If we do not eat naturally than we will have unnatural diseases.

  69. November 21st, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    The China study has been debunked for years. I’m surprised to see that Well + Good is even talking about this. It’s bad science and should be regarded with caution. Check out one unbiased analysis here, or just Google it! Supporting the China Study isn’t just tired, it’s outdated and incorrect science. http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/07/07/the-china-study-fact-or-fallac/

  70. February 23rd, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Take a look at rawfoodsos.com. Denise Minger presents a well thought out counterargument.
    Keep in mind that the China study only shows correlation, not causation. There are other variables not accounted for.

  71. June 14th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Time will prove these concepts, people will always argue but in the end those who follow a plant based diet will live longer.

  72. Lindsay Maxfield
    June 22nd, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Thank you so much for breaking this down! I have been wanting to read The China Study for months but it’s intimidating, and I just don’t have the time. This is excellent grab-and-go information. I used some of it in a recent blog post about protein, because it’s something all people — vegans and meat eaters alike — need to know.

  73. August 26th, 2015 at 1:47 am

    “There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants.”

    What about B12? You can either get supplements or injections, otherwise you would have to heavily rely on fortified foods.

    Zinc is also found in many plant based foods, but in significantly smaller quantities. I have heard that zinc is better absorbed when consumed with protein. Zinc deficiency is common, even in omnivores, and you would need to eat a lot of pumpkin seeds and legumes in order to compensate.

    I find that eating a very small portion of oysters is a great way to make sure I’m getting B12 and zinc so the rest of my diet can be plant based.

    It helps to know that seafood like sardines and oysters are more ethically farmed than fish such as tuna and salmon.

  74. October 19th, 2015 at 2:05 am

    I consider The China Study to be the most important book I have ever read — ever. Its research is well done and the book has an abundance of credible references. Read it carefully, then make up your own mind. I am a strong believer.

  75. October 24th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    @ Barbara There is nothing false about plants. Humans were designed to eat plants. Its animal fat that causes all the problems. ” If man makes it don’t eat it. If it tastes good spit it out.” —- Jack LaLanne

  76. November 18th, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I am a dutch dentist and an exerciser
    . Marathons, 100 k and 200k biketours etc.
    I am now 67 years old. I thought my diet healthy. Fish olive oil lots of greens meat once a month an egg on weekends.
    5 years ago within a period of 6-8 months my stamina diminished greatly. 10 k biking proved to become a major problem. Heart disease. I had to have bypass surgery.
    Then I found dr John McDougall and via his website T Volin Campbell.
    Plantbased eating returned mmy body to its healthy state. After 2 years I biked a century again and at 64 years of age, 2 years ago, a biketour of Vietnam.
    To all cinics: you better accept the truth that these guys are trying to convince you of.

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