Wednesday, August 7, 2013

For good health, eat your fruits and veggies

    Open mouth, insert fruits and veggies. That’s the advice of caring New York City doctors, who recently began prescribing produce to overweight patients as part of the nationwide Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. I hope even more medical professionals will join this program and encourage people to eat more vegan foods.
    By promoting vegan foods, health care practitioners can help patients maintain a healthy weight and prevent many life-threatening diseases. Research shows that the average vegan is 18 percent thinner than his or her meat-eating counterpart, and that vegans are less likely to suffer from cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
    A recent study from Loma Linda University in California found that people who eat plant-based foods are 12 percent less likely to die prematurely than people who eat meat regularly. This is likely because plant-based foods are cholesterol-free, generally low in saturated fat, and high in fiber and cancer-fighting phytochemicals.
    Vegan foods are a whole lot tastier than statins and obesity drugs, too. Fortunately, you don’t really need a prescription to eat great-tasting vegan meals.
Heather Moore
PETA Foundation, Norfolk, Va.

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