The Science of Plant-Based Nutrition and Health

Nearly Half of Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes May Be Prevented with Improved Nutrition, According to a New Review Published in Nutrients

Plant-based eating patterns continue to soar in popularity and a group of nutrition researchers outline the science behind this sustainable trend in a review paper, entitled “Cardiometabolic benefits of plant-based diets,” which appears as an online advance in the Aug. 9, 2017, edition of Nutrients.  The review will publish in a future special edition, entitled “The Science of Vegetarian Nutrition and Health.”

The review outlines how a plant-based diet, which is naturally low in calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and rich in nutrients, like fiber and antioxidants, could  be one tool, in addition to adopting a healthful lifestyle, used to improve nutrition intake and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

The authors, Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., and Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., analyzed clinical research studies and reviews published until May 2017. Their research finds a plant-based diet, built around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, can improve nutrient intake and help manage body weight and glycemic control, improve cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and reverse atherosclerosis, or the narrowing of the arteries caused by the accumulation of arterial plaque.

“The future of health care starts on our plates,” says Dr. Kahleova, the lead study author and the director of clinical research at the nonprofit Physicians Committee. “The science clearly shows food is medicine, which is a powerful message for physicians to pass on to their patients and for policymakers to consider as they propose modifications for health care reform and discuss potential amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill.”

To understand the health benefits of a plant-based diet, the researchers analyze its structure:

Fiber

Fiber contributes to bulk in the diet without adding digestible calories, thus leading to satiety and weight loss. Additionally, soluble fiber binds with bile acids in the small intestines, which helps reduce cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar.

Plant-Based Rx: Aim to eat at least 35 grams of dietary fiber a day. The average American consumes 16 grams of dietary fiber each day.

Fats

Plant-based diets are lower in saturated fat and dietary cholesterol. Replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats can decrease insulin resistance, a risk factor for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Plant-Based Rx: Swap meat and dairy products, oils, and high-fat processed foods for smaller portions of plant staples, like a few avocado slices or a small handful of nuts and seeds, which are rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.

Plant Protein

Vegetable proteins reduce the concentrations of blood lipids, reduce the risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease, and may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

Plant-Based Rx: Legumes, or lentils, beans, and peas, are naturally rich in protein and fiber. Try topping leafy green salads with lentils, black beans, edamame, or chickpeas.

Plant Sterols 

Plant sterols that have a structure similar to that of cholesterol reduce cardiovascular disease risk and mortality, have anti-inflammatory effects, and positively affect coagulation, platelet function and endothelial function, which helps reduce blood clots, increases blood flow, and stabilizes glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Plant-Based Rx: Consume a high intake of antioxidants and micronutrients, including plant sterols, from whole plant foods, like vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, beans, and seeds. A plant-based diet supports cardio-metabolic benefits through several independent mechanisms. The synergistic effect of whole plant foods may be greater than a mere additional effect of eating isolated nutrients.

“To make significant health changes, we have to make significant diet changes,” concludes Dr. Kahleova. “A colorful plant-based diet works well for anyone, whether you’re an athlete looking to boost energy, performance, and recovery by enabling a higher efficiency of blood flow, which equates to oxygen conversion, or if you’re a physician who wants to help patients lose extra weight, lower blood pressure, and improve their cholesterol.”

Dr. Kahleova and the study authors recommend using a plant-based diet as an effective tool to treat and prevent cardiometaoblic disease, which they would like to see promoted through future dietary guidelines and nutrition policy recommendations.

For more information about plant-based eating patterns, visit NutritionMD.org.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.

2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD Inscription: Safety, Technology & Electrification

Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

Volvo is steadfastly focused on a path of recreation with their lineup of newfangled SUVs, wagons and sedans as the future is represented in the form of the present. With a chance to drive and experience the 2018 XC60, 2018 S90 and 2018 V90, including plug-in hybrid versions of the XC60 and S90, it is evident that the Swedish auto brand’s road to transformation is on par with the expectations of today’s tech savvy auto buyer looking for advanced safety assurances, autonomous solutions and digital conveniences during daily commutes. [Read more…]

Michelin Expands Mountain Bike Tire Offering

Michelin today announces extensive additions to its mountain bike tire selection, with four distinct ranges for multiple terrains and performance needs. For the first time, the new products will also feature electric bike readiness and a wider diameter (2.6) on the all-mountain tires.

The new collection of tires is engineered to deliver excellent grip and strength to cover an exceptionally wide variety of terrain. The four new ranges are: MICHELIN Jet XCR, MICHELIN Force XC, MICHELIN Force AM and Michelin Wild AM. [Read more…]

Mr. Fit Father Training Video: 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Are you one  of the fittest fathers in the Maryland, DC and VA area and ready to be crowned Mr. Fit Father? Well, bring your heart and your family to Fit Fathers Day and show us your bravado. Watch this short training video which breaks down the exercises of the contest execution. Contestants will be timed on the circuit to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

● Sprint Up and Back

● 25 Push Ups

● Sprint Up and Back

● 20 Sit Ups

● Sprint Up and Back

● 15 Ball Slams (50 lb)

● Sprint Up and Back

● 10 Burpees

● Sprint Up and Back to FINISH!!!

Sponsored by Gym Source, the winner of the Mr. Fit Father competition will receive a brand new set of Yokohama tires amongst other prizes from Nike and Road Runner Sports. Tag a father that you think can be the top finisher and hold the crown of Mr. Fit Father on June 18th at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD at 10AM. You know what to expect, so get out there and train and we will see you at the 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration! RSVP at www.FitFathersDay.com

4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration: Silver Spring, MD

— Empowering dads, father figures, families and children —

Sunday June 18th 10am to 12pm

— FREE —

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

— workout begins at 10am and the yoga warmup at 9:30am —

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Styves Exantus and the Ravens’ Kyle Arrington. Also enjoy fitness games, Zumba by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness and Ray & Roze Zumba, healthy snacks, yoga led by 5 Sense Wellness, an interactive playground and music from DJ Blinks and PanLara steel drum. Attendees can compete for over $2,500 in prizes from Nike, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Modell’s, Soul Cycle, Strider Bikes, Thule, Live Nation, Yokohama Tires and Vibram in the Mr Fit Fathers, Fit Mom, Fit 50+ and Fit Kid contests. Also the reigning 2-time Mr. Fit Father, James Paul Swink, will be back to defend his Gym Source title against any takers of the grand prize.

Hosted by Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni D. Rawlins

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Cali Roots Kicks Off First Ever Fun Run with Fit Fathers

With all the dancing and moving, it is no secret that festivals can wear down on the body. Thus, the Cali Roots Fun Run inspired festival goers to nurture their bodies but still have great times over the weekend. [Read more…]

2017 Destination Races: Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

 

It’s the second most wonderful time of the year…. Registration for the 14th annual Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon and GunBunFunRun 5K opens December 1st. The race sold out in a record 17 minutes in 2016, so be sure to pay attention to the registration instructions below as the process has changed from previous years. This year’s race date is Sunday July 16th. [Read more…]

Cali Roots Fun Run in Monterey, CA

Cali Roots fans please join us for an energetic fun run and meet-up for 30 or 60 minutes (at your own pace) before the musical vibrations of the festival begin. Trot along with our run leader along the beautiful coastal trail towards Lover’s Point. Enjoy free drinks, fruit and an oatmeal bar with all the fixings at 9:30 am after the run. As always walkers are also welcome at Fleet Feet.

PRESENTED BY:

Fit Fathers & The Saturday Monterey Run Crew

SATURDAY MAY 27TH at 8:30AM

Fleet Feet Monterey
472 Alvarado St.
Monterey, CA

RSVP = https://californiarootsfestival.com/cali-roots-fun-run

Let’s Rise Wellness Program by Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., unveiled its first global brand campaign in more than five years, taking on the disruptions, distractions and unpredictability of travel and empowering travelers to embrace well-being as a way to regain control of their routines and be their best while on the road. The $30 million dollar, integrated advertising campaign – called Let’s Rise – communicates Westin’s commitment to its guests’ well-being before, during and after their stay. The Let’s Rise mantra will also serve as an anchor for the wellness programs and partnerships that roll out for guests and associates throughout the year. [Read more…]

Fit Father Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots

Fatherhood has been amazing to me so far and I look forward to raising my child and strengthening the family bond. From Fit Father and husband responsibilities to playing on the field for the Patriots I have always approached every task with top leadership qualities. It’s been a joy watching my little girl grow and shine in just this first month. I’m eagerly anticipating my obligations along the way while showing her how to be a great and honorable individual.