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For the Millionth Time: Eat Plant Food for Health and Longevity

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Posted on Nov 22, 2023, 11 a.m.

Article courtesy of Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, who is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, one of the world's top cardiologists, a best-selling author, lecturer, and a leading expert in plant-based nutrition and holistic care.

If you have heard it once, you have heard it a million times: whole plant food diets are the healthiest choice on the planet and for the planet. As Michael Greger, MD says, if all that whole food plant diets did was halt and reverse the #1 cause of death worldwide (heart disease) they would be the default choice by far. But they can do so much more as a new study demonstrates.

There is growing evidence that substituting animal-based with plant-based foods is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), type 2 diabetes (T2D), and all-cause mortality.

The new study aimed to summarize and evaluate the evidence for the substitution of any animal-based foods with plant-based foods on cardiometabolic health and all-cause mortality (live longer).


The authors searched research databases through March 2023 for prospective studies investigating the substitution of animal-based with plant-based foods on CVD, T2D, and all-cause mortality. 


In total, 37 publications based on 24 cohorts were included. There was a moderately lower risk of CVD when substituting processed meat with nuts (27% lower), legumes (23% lower), and whole grains (36% lower), as well as substituting nuts in place of eggs (17% lower) and substituting olive oil for butter (4% lower). 

There was also a moderate reduction in T2D incidence when substituting red meat with whole grains/cereals (10% lower) and red meat or processed meat with nuts (8% lower), as well as for replacing poultry with whole grains (13% lower) and eggs with nuts or whole grains (18% lower).

Moreover, replacing red meat for nuts and whole grains, processed meat with nuts and legumes, dairy with nuts, and eggs with nuts, and legumes were associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality.


The study findings indicate that a shift from animal-based (e.g., red and processed meat, eggs, dairy, poultry, butter) to plant-based (e.g., nuts, legumes, whole grains, olive oil) foods are beneficially associated with cardiometabolic health and all-cause mortality.

For the millionth time, eating plants is a step towards better health. Substituting nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes (along with fruits and vegetables) for any and all animal foods is what is taught at the Kahn Center 

About the author: At his core, Dr. Joel Kahn believes that plant-based nutrition is the most powerful source of preventative medicine on the planet. Having practiced traditional cardiology since 1983, it was only after his own commitment to a plant-based vegan diet that Dr. Kahn truly began to delve into the realm of non-traditional diagnostic tools, prevention tactics, and nutrition-based recovery protocols.

As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before changing your wellness routine. This article is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, recommendation, treatment, or endorsement.

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