Studies overwhelming support the hypothesis that a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of many diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and high levels of “bad” cholesterol.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. At least 1/3 deaths, or 2200 deaths per day are attributed to heart attacks or stroke in the United States. In 2009, a study found that African Americans have a higher incidence of heart failure than any other race yet they only make up a little over 13% of the country’s population. In addition to cardiovascular disease, other diet-related diseases including Type II Diabetes and some cancers are killing African Americans at a faster rate than any other race. High blood pressure, overweight/obesity, and having low-levels of “good cholesterol” all increase the likelihood of heart failure. Although there are many causes that lead to these unfortunate diseases, many of them are preventable with a diet based in whole foods.
Heart disease and stroke hospitalizations cost the nation more than $444 billion in healthcare expenses and loss of productivity. Many people turn to fad diets, expensive surgery, weight loss pills & supplements as an answer to over come their health hurdles but these alternatives tend to be costly. Not only does our unhealthy habits impose on our pockets, it imposes on our friends, family, co-workers and other loved ones who care deeply about our well-being.
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Photo: Vegan Stuffed Peppers w/ Seitan