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Plant-based Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%

Dispatches from the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%: 'Landmark’ study provides compelling evidence that it’s the type, not the level of fat, that counts for cardio health

By Elaine Watson, Loma Linda, California

People following an energy unrestricted plant-based diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts can reduce their risk of a major cardiovascular event by 30% compared with people following a purely low-fat diet, according to a “landmark” new...

Dr David Jacobs: “It seems that the presence of more phytochemical-rich plant foods rather than the complete absence of animal foods is what makes a vegetarian diet so successful.”

Dispatches from the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Veg congress day one: The fact vegetarians are healthier than meat-eaters is ‘one of the most consistent findings of nutritional epidemiology’

By Elaine Watson, Loma Linda, California

People on a plant-based diet are consistently slimmer and healthier than meat eaters, with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, according to research unveiled at the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition (ICVN).

A simple 'eat less' message may alienate consumers, the report says

Focus on eating better meat rather than less, report suggests

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Focusing on eating ‘better’ meat could attract broader acceptance than a simple ‘eat less meat’ message and benefit the environment, people’s health and animal welfare, according to a new report from WWF-UK and the Food Ethics Council.

Non-GMO key part of message for papaya products company

Non-GMO key part of message for papaya products company

By Hank Schultz

Herbal Papaya, a company founded on the health benefits of the fruit, will launch a complete line of food, beverage and supplement products at the Expo West trade show in March.  A key part of the company’s message is that all of its products are non...

Conventional lettuce production can emit potent greenhouse gases.

Evolving tool helps quantify sustainability of food

By Hank Schultz

A longstanding diagnostic tool called Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used to look at the sustainability bona fides of food products, according to a leading third-party certifier.  Using the tool can help quantify all of the inputs that...

Too many eco-labels could hinder uptake, says Organic Monitor

Too many eco-labels could hinder uptake, says Organic Monitor

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

A proliferation of eco-labels could have adverse consequences, as food manufacturers question the value of certification schemes in light of a fragmented market and multiple fees, according to Organic Monitor.

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