A new guide, published in The Permanente Journal, explains the benefits of plant-based diets and best practices for doctors. The guide outlines how this diet more effectively prevents and treats disease by lowering intakes of carcinogens, contaminants, saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, and other hazardous components found in animal products, as well as increasing antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other protective nutrients that lower disease risk. Step-by-step advice helps clinicians establish a dialogue about nutrition with their patients and gives them the information they need to help patients transition to a vegan diet.
Hever J. Plant-based diets: a physician’s guide. Perm J. 2016;20:15-082.
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Eat Nuts! Despite being high in fat, nuts are incredibly nutritious and healthy. They are loaded with magnesium, vitamin E, fiber and other various nutrients. Studies show that nuts can help you lose weight, and may help fight type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, about 10-15% of the calories in nuts aren’t even absorbed into the body, and some evidence suggests that they can boost metabolism. In one study, almonds were shown to increase weight loss by 62% compared to complex carbohydrates.