A plant-based diet may reduce heart disease risk for obese children
Researchers compared a plant-based diet and the American Heart Association (AHA) diet for heart-health effects on 28 obese children. After only four weeks, both diets showed significant improvements but those on a plant-based diet had additional improvements in BMI, blood pressure, insulin, total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. A plant-based diet included plant foods, whole grains, limited avocado and nuts, no-added-fat. The AHA diet included refined grains, low-fat dairy, selected plant oils, and lean meat and fish in moderation.
PositiveTip: Overweight or not, choose a plant-based diet for you and your children.
Vegetarian diet associated with less greenhouse gas production and improved life expectancy.
Researchers at Loma Linda University are providing an environmental incentive to going vegetarian. Compared to non-vegetarian diets, a plant-based diet required 30% less greenhouse gas production. Factory farming approaches to meat production take more energy and produce more waste than plant farming. In addition, researchers found mortality rates for vegetarians were 20% lower than non-vegetarians.
PositiveTip: Consider the effects of your eating choices. Will they sustain you and the planet for the long term?
Plant-based diet found to reduce the risk of cataracts by 30-40%
A British study of over 27,670 participants investigating the relationship between diet and the incidence of cataracts has found a progressive decrease in cataract risk with decreasing animal product consumption. High meat eaters defined as eating >100 grams per day (about 4 ounces) had the highest rates of cataracts compared with moderate and low meat eaters (4% lower), fish eaters (21% lower), vegetarians (30% lower) and total vegetarians (40% lower).
PositiveTip: A wisely chosen plant-based dietary pattern, as originally designed by the Creator, appears to be best way of preventing disease--including cataracts.