July 2011 Issue

The Power of Plants in Your Diet

Make way for the plant-based diet, the latest buzzword for an optimal diet that focuses on plants, such as grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, rather than a diet of animal products like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy. Health experts extol the virtues of a plant-based diet as a healthy eating style that can help you fight chronic disease and obesity. While plant-based diets are not novel, the fact that the trend is catching on is new, according to Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D., Nutrition Advisor of The Vegetarian Resource Group. She says, “More people are interested in plant-based eating; it goes along with the movement to eat more locally grown vegetables and fruits and the availability of plant-based cookbooks.”

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