|Posted on January 31, 2017 at 1:30 PM|
In a December 2016 position paper, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics updated their stand on plant-based diets. Thier message remains clear that plant-based diets are "healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases." The updated paper also concludes that plant-based diets are more sustainable and less damaging to the environment.
The highlight, of course, is that the position paper summarizes research that shows plant-based diets are helpful to reverse Type 2 diabetes. Among the studies mentioned in the paper is Neal Barnard, MD's head-to-head comparison of the outcomes of a low-fat, plant-based diet and the traditional American Diabetes Association (ADA) diet (less beef, more chicken and fish, two eggs a week, and low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese). Barnard and his colleagues found that the low-fat plant-based diet lower blood sugar much better than the ADA diet.