We know that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and whole/unprocessed grains can help lower cholesterol or even shrink a waistline. But did you know that eating a whole food plant based (WFBP) diet can also change the course of disease?
A fascinating study evaluated the outcome of 93 men with biopsy-proven prostate cancer who had chosen not to undergo any conventional treatments (such as radiation, surgery or chemotherapy). Half were randomly selected to make comprehensive lifestyle changes while the other half were assigned to usual care. The lifestyle group adopted a whole food plant based diet.
The researchers found that over the next 12 months, while PSA levels INCREASED 6 percent in the usual care group, PSA levels DROPPED 4 percent in the lifestyle group.
Presented by Dean Ornish MD, Academy of Lifestyle Medicine Conference, San Diego, 2014
In addition, cancer cell growth was inhibited and MRI scans showed reduction in tumor size in the WFPB group. The degree of lifestyle change was found to be proportional to the benefit. So any increase in WFPB intake was better than none, and the more the better.
So when you reach for that Chocolate Crunch Bar, or open up a packet of the Blueberry Cinnamon Oatmeal, give yourself a little round of applause. Because every time you eat a Step One product, you are consuming a whole food plant based food. And that means you are likely improving your health far beyond your cholesterol panel.