Study findings and publications get accepted faster when they come from Harvard.
Study authors from Harvard University's TH Chan School of Public Health found that people who eat more healthy plant-based foods (and that would mean a whole food plant-based diet using the Daily Dozen framework) and less unhealthy plant-based foods may reduce their risk of stroke compared to those who eat lower-quality diets. Now that is a sure verdict! Won't all agree? :).
I advocate a diet rich in leafy greens, whole grains, and beans and have not asked people to eat anything lower. I have been having great success. The Harvard study also included potatoes and refined starches. They achieved only 10 per cent success, while I can see much more with increased and strict adherence to whole foods within plant-based food produce. Thankfully, the study also found that too many starchy vegetables and pulped fruits did not reduce the risk of death or chronic diseases.
However, there is an important conclusion that the study makes, which I feel has great significance. Researchers suggest that future nutrition policies MUST consider food quality to lower stroke risk, according to first author Megu Baden, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition.
An earlier Harvard study led by Dong D. Wang, M.D., Sc.D., a nutritionist and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, suggested the right "mix" of fruits and vegetables may prevent risk factors of chronic disease.
My mother was a conscientious parent. She would buy only organic food produce. She ensured we got milk from a local cow. But very soon, her legs had swelling, and her children became obese. I, too, became overweight.
I become a Naturopath doctor and my family cut back on starchy vegetables, pulped fruit juices, refined food produce, fried stuff, dairy, and sugar. A whole bunch of unwanted food that had already taken a toll on all of our health. She rarely feels sorry for anything, but this is one thing she truly regrets.
We find her looking over her grandchildren like a hawk these days! It is with great pride that she declares that her grandchildren eat healthy foods. She knows it would nourish their bodies and, therefore, souls well.
We have seen miraculous recoveries with this diet. Even though I prescribe it, each time someone reverses a disease or gets cured of some illness, I feel humbled by the simplicity of the idea.
Dr Achyuthan Eswar.