My last post was about the study that Dr. Esselstyn did with his heart disease patients. He placed them on a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet, which is a type of vegan diet, and got amazing results. (Please see my previous post from September 6th.) My point was, not that this diet is the best and only diet that can decrease the severity of heart disease, but that it appears to be one of the diets worth looking into.
Another study, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that following a specific Mediterranean diet significantly reduced, by about 30%, the incidence of heart attacks, strokes and deaths. This diet allows things such as olive oil, limited dairy, nuts, some meat and fish, where as Dr. Esselstyn’s WFPB diet does not. Both diets stress eating whole fruits, vegetables, and beans, as well as avoiding commercially made products, especially snack foods.
Now, as to which diet is better, that remains to be proven. We may find in the future that a diet somewhere in between these two diets is the actual better diet. But until we know, why not think about adopting a diet similar to the ones above?