The phrase “plant-based diet” inspires fear in many of our patients. In the U.S., consumption of animal products isn’t just commonplace, it’s integral to our culture. However, reducing the amount of meat and dairy you consume is known to reduce risk of heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States. How can we compromise? Harvard Health’s article, “The Right Plant-Based Diet for You,” is all about what works for the individual.
It’s clear that following a plant-based diet is associated with a lower risk of heart disease. But do all plant-based diets have the same effect? And do you really have to cut out all meat for your heart’s sake?
“For heart health protection, your diet needs to focus on the quality of plant foods, and it’s possible to benefit by reducing your consumption of animal foods without completely eliminating them from your diet,” says Dr. Ambika Satija of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Read the full article here.