After a 35 year of medical research, Dean Ornish, M.D. and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute (PMRI) have determined that eating a fresh diet of plant- base meals, offers more overall health benefits than other diets that have been shown to only promote weight loss. The quality of calories is even important if you’re thin or fit: “Being thin and being healthy are not at all the same thing,” said Dr. Ornish in The New York Times. “Some diets that may help you lose weight may be harmful over time.”
Dr. Ornish and the research team at PMRI found that those who ate a fresh diet of organic meals and exercised moderately slowed or reversed progression of early stage cancer and type II diabetes. Cutting animal fats, refined carbohydrates and empty calories from sugar is as important as what is actually in the diet. PMRI estimates that approximately 75% of the $2.8 trillion in annual health care costs in the United States stems from chronic diseases that potentially could be reversed or prevented by a healthy lifestyle.
A research study conducted in Uppsala, Sweden found that high-protein animal diets may increase metabolism (remember the famous Atkins diet that was all the rage?) but ultimately compromise health. PMRI found that even increasing metabolism wasn’t enough of a benefit–drugs like cocaine do this, too, but aren’t good for health–and should discourage anyone thinking of eating a high-protein animal fat diet.
So get healthy, and get some plant-based foods in your life.
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