Health Flashes: Quotes on Plant-Based Diets

This first paragraph in italics is excerpted from the beginning of a position paper of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) called: Vegetarian Diets—technical support paper. (Published March 1988, Vol. 88, No. 3 and made available from The Vegetarian Resource Group.)

A considerable body of scientific data suggests positive relationships between vegetarian life-styles and risk reduction for several chronic degenerative diseases and conditions, such as obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, colon cancer, and others. It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that vegetarian diets are healthful and nutritionally adequate when appropriately planned.

The second quote is from one of my favorite publications, Nutrition Action Magazine , a small magazine published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), packed with nutritional information, especially the impact of the environment on our food and our bodies. The quote is actually from the editor’s page, written by Executive Director of CSPI, Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

Diets rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains cut the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems…..But, happily, for our planet, growing plant foods requires less energy, less fertilizer, less pesticides, and less land than producing animals. And that means less air and water pollution, less greenhouse gases, and less soil erosion.

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