Last month I spent three days soaking up the latest research about how to prevent and reverse disease by eating plants. This year’s Plant-Based Prevention of Disease Conference (#PPOD2019) felt more personal and engaged than previous sessions, starting with the opening talk by Matt Ruscigno. He wanted us to know that although a healthy diet […]
Proposed Changes to Food Stamps. Who Wins? Who Loses?
Like a reverse Robin Hood, the 2019 US federal budget wants to take money off the SNAP cards of people in need and give them a box of packaged American-made commodity food instead. (You may know the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as food stamps.) These USDA Foods Packages will take millions of our tax dollars away […]
New US Dietary Guidelines miss chance to reduce disease, climate change
Good news: the new dietary guidelines include vegetarian and vegan diets and suggest reducing protein, cholesterol, and sugar. Bad news: it says vegans eat eggs, ignores protein in vegetables, thinks drinking white liquid is important, obscures its recommendations on eating less bad food, and drops the recommendation for environmentally responsible eating. The final 2015-2020 Dietary […]
Dietary Guidelines report brave on less meat, “bizarre” on more dairy, says top nutritionist
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, provided a shocking end to the webcast Wednesday about the science behind the proposed new U.S. Dietary Guidelines report, calling the origin of a key recommendation “bizarre” and highlighting its negative consequences for health and the environment. His comments are so important and well-phrased that I went back to the webcast […]