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Plant Based Must Read - Review of Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

It’s Christmas season now (and if you reading it after you can always buy a present for someone important in your life, they are not only for Christmas).

‘Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice’ edited by Shireen Kassam, Zahra Kassam and Lisa Simon, it’s not your night-time pillow reading but, even tough title might suggest is dedicated to medical professionals, I would recommend this book to everyone. It will help you to understand the link between what we eat and our health. It will be helpful for young mothers to plan diets for their children, or the elderly where their nutritional needs change with age.

This book would be an excellent guide for anyone who wants to lose weight in a healthy way, learn about dietary needs at different stages of life or lift their mood (there’s a great chapter about mental health and wellbeing)

The book is based on evidence and medical research, written by more than 20 authors, experts in their fields – e.g dermatology, gynaecology, neurology etc.


I find that very often medical professionals ignore the role of nutrition when it comes to medical treatment. ‘Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice’ should be translated to all languages and be mandatory reading across all medical studies.

Chapters include Evidence based eating habits and show their impact of diet on :

Cardiovascular diseases

Cancer

Respiratory and sleep problems

Weight management

Diabetes

Kidney dysfunction

Liver diseases

Gastrointestinal disorders

Mental health and Alzheimer disease

Female issues (PCOS, Endometriosis, fibroids)

Male issues e.g. erectile dysfunction

Male and female fertility

Chronic inflammation

Osteoporosis

Dermatological issues

There is also a great chapter for both professional and amateur athletes, where you can find detailed information about carbohydrates, fat and protein and their role in sports nutrition. There is also excellent coverage of other micronutrients, where you can learn why for example calcium or vitamin D are important for those practising sport. The entire chapter can be an eye opener, solely focusing on protein intake in sport nutrition.

The book also has a very practical chapter – ‘Barriers and strategies to adopting a plant- based diet’. It has been addressed to medical practitioners, but would be beneficial to anyone who has fears/ questions on how to start eating ‘plant based’. You can learn how to use a Behaviour Change Wheel to overcome obstacles that stop you changing your diet.

You will also make discover the importance of Motivation and self-awareness which you need to master when overcoming barriers to implement healthy eating habits.

Prevention can start on your plate; lifestyle medicine can play a huge role in fighting major chronic diseases. ‘Plant Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice’ will provide you with all evidence and medical facts to make healthy, conscious choices.

It’s almost a mandatory lecture for anyone interested in improving their health and wellbeing, where there are lots of contradicting information available – whether to follow a keto diet, eliminating nuts and potatoes or whether dairy is crucial to prevent osteoporosis, etc..

You will gain an understanding f how to implement healthy eating, also how diet can help you reverse certain health conditions e.g. hypertension, diabetes type 2.

For the first time in a human history we might be raising a generation which lives shorter lives than their parents. ‘Plant Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice’ can be a true eye opener. Chronic conditions like cardiovascular diseases are not just age related. They’re often a result of a life time of poor nutritional choices.

By adopting a plant-based diet even seniors can enjoy good health.

The whole book follows the ancient Hippocrates philosophy – ‘Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food’. It’s not a new concept that the right diet can save or improve people’s life. In the chapter about Lifestyle medicine, you can find a shocking statistic; it is estimated that 80% of chronic diseases in high-income countries are due to lifestyle choices, where diet is a major contributing factor. This is the main reason why medical professionals should familiarise themselves with ‘Plant Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice’

If you are looking for evidence based guidelines, to build a nutritional foundation reach for ‘Plant Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice’. Spread the news, and inspire the change, you can change someone’s live!


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