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In their Spring 2013 Journal, America’s largest managed care company and hospital system has taken a bold stand on the superiority of plant-based nutrition to promote health. Kaiser Permanente is the largest HMO in the United States with 182,000 employees, including 17,000 physicians.

"Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients… encouraging whole, plant-based foods and discouraging meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods." - Keiser Permanente

In response to the unprecedented public interest in High Fat, Low Carb dietary patterns, the Association for Dietetics in South Africa have released a Summary Statement on Low Carbohydrate Diets for Health and Weight Loss. Some of the main points are:

T. Colin Campbell, PhD, author of The China Study, emphasises that "Nutrition should be recognized as the wholistic effect of countless nutrients involving countless diseases working through countless mechanisms. Nutrition must be wholistic: looking at countless nutrients and mechanisms that control many diseases." If you eat a balanced variety of whole, plant-based foods, you will be consuming all the carbohydrates, proteins and fats you need for optimal health. Plant foods contain all nutrients (with the exception of vitamins B12 and D) in the healthiest ratio for your body. Instead of focusing on individual nutrients, a whole food, plant-based diet emphasises the symphonic nutrient composition that’s optimal for human health.

The Plantrician Project defines a whole-foods, plant based diet as "a dietary lifestyle that maximizes the intake of whole, plant-foods and minimizes the intake of processed and animal-derived foods. It’s a diet based on foods-as-grown: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, chickpeas, split peas, lentils, mushrooms, herbs, spices and small amounts of seeds and nuts. Consumption of meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar and oil are minimised or eliminated."

A whole-food, plant based dietary pattern shares the above sentiments and incorporates the above dietary recommendations. It also mirrors the dietary patterns of the healthiest and longest-lived people and communities in the world, called the Blue Zones.

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