Food for Thought

Researchers from The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recently completed a study of ‘Obese” workers employed at Geico as a test case to see if they could lower that extraordinary expense using a plant based diet. 

Participants in the study had type 2 diabetes and a body mass index, BMI, of 25 or above.  These employees were placed on a low-fat, low-glycemic, high-fiber vegan diet. The employee cafeteria offered appropriate food for them, including many choices, vegetable hummus sandwiches, leafy green salads, and other plant based foods rich in vitamins and minerals. They also received cooking and food classes on a weekly basis.

At the end of the study the data indicated that the participants lost an average of 10 pounds, had a 13 point drop in LDL and their blood sugar also improved. 

Graphical Representation of the Results

Some of the foods that were regularly eaten, brown rice, oats and rye bread, help regulate the mood controlling chemical serotonin,  which is why there were improvements reported in anxiety, depression and fatigue measured using two different established mental health questionnaires. 

"The same foods that curb the risk for obesity, heart disease and diabetes may help boost overall mood," study author Dr. Neal Barnard explains. "In the evolving landscape of neurological research, a plant-based diet may help in treating symptoms of anxiety and depression."

With this kind of evidence it is hard to argue against a plant based diet, improvement in overall health in just 18 weeks; weight loss, drop in LDL, improvement in blood sugar stability and measurable overall mood improvement. Time to Go Vegan!

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