A hearty reason to look at a plant-based diet

Cardiovascular Disease.

The number one cause of death in the world.

This is a blurb from a paper I wrote. It is just some insight into my research on the plant-based diet and how it has been shown to be an overwhelming effective method to prevent cardiovascular events. My hope is this will be food for thought for some of you. I encourage you to do some research of your own. this may not be the diet for you. Maybe, the Mediterranean diet is more your style which allows for some dairy, seafood, and minimal meats. Find what works for you but keep in mind in any effective diet the basis should be plant-based foods to maintain overall health.

The plant-based diet can be confusing with all of the misleading information and fad foods. The basis of the plant-based diet should consist of whole grains, beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. These are the foods that have remained true in the multitude of research as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Other controversial foods like some animal products, seafood, and oils should be limited in consumption until further analysis can be done as to their effectiveness in reducing cardiovascular risk. The removal of a poor diet reduces the amounts of saturated fats, sodium, and sugars in the diet. Removing these unhealthy foods automatically improves cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol, improving blood pressure, supporting a healthier weight, and cultivating overall health.

A plant-based diet should become a treatment option for current cardiovascular patients, but it should also be recommended to patients who are at higher risk as a prevention plan. The current treatments of drugs and medical procedures are not getting the results needed as cases of cardiovascular diseases continues to rise every year. Physicians and the general public should be offered education on proper nutrition and the appropriate skills to maintain healthy eating habits. It is essential to understand this form of eating for heart health is a lifestyle trajectory, not a short-term diet. Following the guidance of a nutritionist, a plant-based diet can be formulated to best suit each individual. Eating plant-based is not only a safe treatment but a cost-effective one. The additional bonus of a plant-based diet is a reduction in healthcare costs, drug burdens, and the environmental impact of industrial farming.

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