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  • 6 Reasons Athletes Are Running Toward a Plant-Based Diet

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | January 14, 2019

    Meat-free athletes – from tennis champion Venus Williams to Formula 1's Lewis Hamilton to Derrick Morgan of the NFL's Tennessee Titans – have already proven the performance-boosting power of a plant-based diet. Now, a new review my colleagues and I published in the journal Nutrients examines the science behind the advantages a plant-based diet provides to athletes.

    1. Even athletes are at risk for heart disease. In one study, 44% of endurance cyclists and runners had coronary plaques. A plant-based diet keeps athletes’ hearts strong by reversing plaque, bringing down blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing weight. Read more

  • Is a Vegan Diet Healthier than a Mediterranean Diet?

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | January 8, 2019

    Earlier this week, U.S. News & World Report placed the Mediterranean diet at the top of its list of 40 best diets for 2019. But when it comes to health, the science shows that there’s something even better: a plant-based, or vegan diet.

    We've all heard that the Mediterranean diet can boost longevity. But why is that? Mediterranean diets are typically rich in vegetables and fruit, low in meat, and relatively low in fat. This is a healthy approach – to the extent that it emphasizes these plant-based foods.

    One study in the British Medical Journal showed that certain components of the diet, especially high vegetable consumption and low meat consumption, were more strongly linked to longevity than other components, such as fish consumption. High fruit, nut and legume consumption also contributed to longevity. Read more

  • Vegan Diet Could Cut Holiday Heart Attack Risk

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | December 24, 2018

    Excessive eating this Christmas – and for many that means loading up on eggnog, cheese plates, ham, roast beef, and turkey – could lead to a holiday heart attack, according to a new study.

    Swedish researchers found that heart attack risk increased by 37% on Christmas eve and 15% on Christmas day. This was compared to the 2 weeks before and after Christmas, and was possibly due in part to overeating. People with type 2 diabetes and heart disease were at greater risk – that’s more than 120 million Americans.

    Of course, filling up on baked potatoes and broccoli won’t lead to a heart attack. Read more

  • Plant-Based Recipes: Sweet Potato Latkes

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | December 10, 2018

    Looking for healthy plant-based recipes to add to your celebration? The Physicians Committee has you covered! Watch the video below to see a healthful twist on a Hanukkah staple: latkes! These plant-based Sweet Potato Latkes are free of oil and packed with fiber and antioxidants. Top with applesauce to make them extra sweet! Read more

  • Plant-Based Holiday Menu

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | November 19, 2018

    Looking for delicious plant-based recipes to brighten up your holiday menus? Dr. Barnard at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has you covered. These recipes are based on fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables that are both high in nutrients and packed with flavor that will have your guests reaching for seconds.

    Sundried Tomato Lentil Loaf

    Makes 4 Servings

    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    Read more

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