ACC CardiaCast: CardioNutrition – A Plant-Based Dietary Pattern

What is a plant-based diet? How do you recommend counseling patients to adopt more of a plant-based diet? In this episode, Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, FACC, and Danielle Belardo, MD, discuss a plant-based dietary pattern, including the following key takeaways:

  • Minimally or "smartly" processed plant-predominant dietary patterns can help reduce risk factors in primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, such as hyperlipidemia and hypertension, and can help reduce cardiovascular events in secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
  • A minimally or "smartly" processed plant-predominant diet is different than a vegan diet, which may be unhealthful and include highly processed foods.
  • One can make any dietary pattern (low-carb, high-carb, paleo, etc...) "heart smart" by increasing plant intake.
  • People pursuing a plant-based diet should supplement with vitamin B-12.

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Keywords: CardiaCast, Nutritional Requirements, Life Style, Diet, Nutrition Policy, Guidelines as Topic, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Primary Prevention, Fats, Dietary Fats, Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Fatty Acids, Omega-6, Diet, Ketogenic, Carbohydrates, Dietary Carbohydrates, Diet, Vegetarian, Diet, Vegan

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