Not all vegan or plant-based diets are equally healthy

Not all vegan or plant-based diets are equally healthy

Not all vegan or plant-based diets are equally healthy

Marta Reis/Unsplash Move over, low-fat diets. More and more experts are recommending plant-based diets to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes and cancer. But are all plant-based diets equally beneficial? And must they be all-or-none eating strategies, or is there a role for a semi-vegetarian or “flexitarian” approach?

The term plant-based diet often conjures up images of vegetarian or vegan fare. But it really means a diet that emphasizes foods from plants — vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, and the like — not one that necessarily excludes non-plant foods.

The results of studies on […]

Vegetarian Diet is Associated with Lower Cholesterol Levels, According to Meta-Analysis in Nutrition Reviews

Vegetarian Diet is Associated with Lower Cholesterol Levels, According to Meta-Analysis in Nutrition Reviews

Vegetarian Diet is Associated with Lower Cholesterol Levels, According to Meta-Analysis in Nutrition Reviews

A plant-based vegetarian diet is associated with a lower cholesterol of 29.2 mg/dL, according to a new meta-analysis in Nutrition Reviews. (Photo: Business Wire) WASHINGTON–( BUSINESS WIRE )–A new dietary review of 49 observational and controlled studies finds plant-based vegetarian diets, especially vegan diets, are associated with lower levels of total cholesterol, including lower levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, compared to omnivorous diets. The meta-analysis appears as an online advance in Nutrition Reviews on Aug. 22, 2017. New study in Nutrition Reviews finds a veg diet correlates w/a 29.2 mg/dL reduction in total cholesterol. Tweet this The study […]

Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm shares her dietary habits

Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm shares her dietary habits

Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm shares her dietary habits

Bridget Malcolm talks Victoria’s Secret LIFE is just a bowl of cherry tomatoes for Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm.

Proving her model physique isn’t without sacrifice, the Australian supermodel, who eats a vegan diet, revealed the plain truth about her daily eating habits in a blog entry yesterday.

It includes snacking on cherry tomatoes, drinking five litres of water a day and eating a meal-replacement shake with a spoon.“I always carry cherry tomatoes with me,” Malcolm wrote.“If I am hungry and food is far away, or flying, or in a non-vegan friendly environment, I make sure I have some tomatoes to […]

What's The Difference Between Vegan And Vegetarian?

What’s The Difference Between Vegan And Vegetarian?

What\'s The Difference Between Vegan And Vegetarian?

Whether it’s for ethical, health-related, and environmental reasons, or simply for pleasure, it appears the world is finally cottoning on to the importance of recognising vegan and vegetarian lifestyles and diets.

According to a poll carried out by Ipsos MORI for the Vegan Society last year, close to half of all vegans are aged 15–34 (42 per cent), with the number of vegans in Britain having risen by more than 360 per cent over the past decade.

Meanwhile, it is estimated more than 1.2 million people aged over 15 in the UK now profess to being vegetarian.Just last year, lunchtime favourite […]

Plant-based diet? Sure, but first understand what it means.

Plant-based diet? Sure, but first understand what it means.

Plant-based diet? Sure, but first understand what it means.

The concept of eating a “plant-based” diet is tossed around frequently, but it’s a label that can be confusing. Some people shy away from the notion because they assume that plant-based is code for vegan. On the other hand, it’s easy to think that eating all plants and no animals guarantees that your diet is healthful and nutritious. But does it?

The research in support of plant-based diets is bountiful, which is likely because of what they include — vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber — as much as what they don’t — excess saturated fat. But one limitation of much […]