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  • Could Jack Pearson’s Diet Be to Blame?

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | February 12, 2018

    heart-disease-foodFans of the hit NBC series This Is Us finally learned how the beloved character Jack Pearson died, but did they get the full story? In a recent episode, after a fire breaks out at the Pearson residence, a doctor explains that excessive smoke inhalation stressed Jack’s heart, triggering a massive heart attack that took his life.

    What the doctor didn’t mention is that atherosclerosis, which is a fatty build-up in the arteries, put Jack at risk for the attack. The physical stress his body endured through his heroic and successful attempt at saving his family from the fire likely caused plaque to dislodge Read more

  • Plant-Based Fiber is the Key to Good Health

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | October 16, 2017

    fiberFiber plays a key role for digestion, weight loss and cancer prevention, and can even increase lifespan! But don’t be fooled – many packaged food companies are trying to boost sales by adding extra fiber to their gummy candy or yogurt, but the best source of fiber is plants themselves! Yes, natural fiber is found only in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. So make sure you’re filling your plate with whole, plant-based foods.

    What is Fiber?

    There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in oats, beans and other legumes, and some fruits and vegetables. Soluble fiber lowers cholesterol levels. Read more

  • Conquering Diabetes With Carbohydrates

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | August 8, 2017

    vegan-mealCarbohydrates do not cause type 2 diabetes. In fact, a new study found just the opposite: a diet rich in carbohydrates can actually fight diabetes. A wide range of other studies looking at plant-based diets and diabetes have consistently shown similar results.

    But you would not know that if you read articles such as this on in the New York Times. The paper published an opinion piece urging Americans to ditch not only sugars, but wheat, rice, corn, potatoes – even fruit – to fight diabetes and obesity. The article also recommended replacing these foods with meat, eggs and butter. Read more

  • Does Your Doctor Discuss Nutrition With You?

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | August 1, 2017

    vegetablesDid you know that 80% of heart attacks could be prevented if we overhauled our diet and lifestyle?

    Studies show that people who follow a plant-based diet centered around fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and the lowest rates of heart disease. One study showed that 81% of patients with heart disease who switched to a plant-based diet experienced fewer symptoms and complications, while nearly a quarter reversed the disease entirely. Read more

  • A Unified Approach: The Plant-Based Diet

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | December 13, 2016

    vegetables2Whether you’re from a red state, blue state or swing state, we can all agree we need a unified diet to combat obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, our nation’s top killers.

    Politics aside, science shows that moving vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes into one fell swoop – a plant-based diet – is clinically proven to wipe out the early formation of most health threats. This prescription increases our nutrient profile, giving us the vitamins and minerals we need, while stabilizing blood sugar.

    Here are four ways to get started. Read more

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