Eat more plants | Letters to the Editor | Indy Week

Columns » Letters to the Editor

Eat more plants

1 comment

Our nation's health stands to benefit from Americans' growing interest in vegetarian cookbooks like Skinny Bitch in the Kitch ("Cooking vegetarian at home: Not (just) your mother's Moosewood" by Sheryl Cornett, Dish, Feb. 6). Plant-based diets are lower in fat and cholesterol and higher in fiber than meat-based diets, which makes vegetarian diets an outstanding option for improving health.

Studies have shown that people who follow vegetarian diets have less risk than meat-eaters of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and some forms of cancers. Leading nutrition experts including the American Dietetic Association support a well-planned, plant-based diet.

I encourage everyone to take advantage of the growing availability of vegetarian resources. Replacing meat and dairy products with low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian foods can help reverse the growing trends of obesity and other chronic illnesses—a reversal our country desperately needs.

Susan Levin
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Washington, D.C.

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

 

Add a comment