They’d Like You to Believe That it’s “Cowcium”


I’ve been wanting to read Rip Esselstyn’s My Beef With Meat ever since it came out, and I finally found the time on my recent flight to Seattle. It was a good read! I’ll review it soon, but for today I’d just like to share Rip’s humorous quote about calcium. I got a kick out of this:

Whenever I give a presentation and it’s time to talk about calcium, the first thing I ask the audience is, “Who can tell me where calcium comes from?” A handful of people always jump up and excitedly call out “A cow!”

Come on, people! Calcium does not originate with a cow. It’s not “cow-cium”! It’s calcium. Calcium is a mineral, and minerals come from the soil. Therefore, the best place to get your calcium is from the best conduit of calcium – plants. With plants you are getting a superior form of calcium that is highly absorbable because the alkaline (non-acidic) and friendly nature of the leafy greens, beans, and seeds that are an efficient transport system for plant-retainable calcium that will really help you build strong bones and a strong body. A body built by plants, not cow secretions! – Rip Esselstyn in My Beef With Meat.

Image courtesy of SodaHead.

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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21 Responses to They’d Like You to Believe That it’s “Cowcium”

  1. Poppy says:

    Such an awesome quote, thank you for sharing it! I tweeted it 😀

  2. Great headline! It would make a good shirt. I’m telling you, you need to start a line of t-shirts at Cafe Press or something. Alright, I admit it. I selfishly just want a Honk If You’re Vegan shirt. 🙂

    Have you seen the artwork for The Ghosts In Our Machine shirts? You have to zoom in, but each of the cogs in the machine is a silhouette of an animal. Very creative artwork.

    Rip seems like such a cool, down-to-earth guy. I love the Netflix where he is going through people’s pantries and tossing all the crap. Looking forward to your review. (I am typing on my ipad and I accidentally typed that he was going through people’s panties and tossing out the crap. Glad I caught it before hitting send!)

    • I promise you Cowgirl, I plan to do t-shirts in the future and I remember that you want a spaghetti strap one (I’ve also promised to make a black one for my sister). Maybe when I have 500 followers I’ll take that leap (I’m up to 429, so it might be sooner rather than later).

      I hadn’t heard of The ghosts-in-our-machine until you mentioned it. I checked out the link, and like you say, the shirts are cool. I also watched the documentary trailer – it was haunting but powerful! I’m going to have to watch the film. Thanks for turning me on to it.

      And yea, I love Rip. I read your comment while I was in the car with my husband and I laughed aloud at your typo. My husband asked, “What’s so funny.” When I told him he was disappointed that you caught it!! I guess we know where his mind is! Celeste 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    I love the Esselstyns! They are such an inspiration. I hadn’t heard of this book, though; I’ll have to check it out!

    • I know! The Esselstyns are so cool!! This is Rip’s newest book, it just came out. I liked this book even better than “The Engine 2 Diet”. There’s more recipes and many of them look delish! Celeste 🙂

  4. deependofapuddle says:

    I had no idea!

  5. Love that Rip! Great quote – thanks for sharing. Another book to add to my list!!

  6. VegCharlotte says:

    That is just dang scary … that there are people who think calcium comes from cows!

  7. uberdish says:

    I’m reading Rip’s book now and I’m loving it. It’s a great read! I told my husband that he has to read it next so that he can answer all the “why” questions from people at work.

    • So glad you’re reading it – I really liked it too! I was worried that this book would be really similar to “The Engine 2 Diet,” and that I wouldn’t get anything new out of it. It did have a lot of the same info, but it had enough new stuff that I’m glad I got it. There’s also lots more recipes in this book!! Celeste 🙂

  8. How sad. Our general population is so ignorant about what they put into their bodies. I am so glad that people like you are spreading the word – and with such charm. 🙂

    • Thank you for your lovely comment! You’ve got a wonderful blog that’s spreading the word through all of your yummy recipes too! Maybe with my voice, your voice and the voices of all the others promoting veganism maybe we can make an impact!! Celeste 🙂

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