Noted nutrition author Michael Pollan has summarized his collected wisdom about what to eat with this great summary: Eat food, mostly plants, not too much.
By and large, that’s terrific advice.
But not always for everyone, so according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that happily received a lot of media attention, not all mostly-plant diets are equally beneficial.
In fact, some mostly-plant diets may actually be more harmful than non-plant diets.
In the 3 long-term studies that were looked at together in this one report for people with varied dietary patterns, as expected and is widely touted, those people who consumed lots of veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts and whole grains had a much better chance of avoiding heart attacks and strokes and – perhaps most important – tended to live significantly longer.
However, here’s the caution: those people who ate a mostly-plant diet that concentrated on potatoes, white bread and pasta, and sugary drinks had worse health outcomes.
In other words, it’s healthy to eat lots of plants but if that means you consume mostly French fries, pizza, spaghetti, white bread, sugary cereals, cakes and pastries, and fruit juice, you are not gonna do very well in the end.
Shocking, isn’t it?