The science in 2020 supporting plant-based nutrition has been overwhelming. Sadly, the global community have not taken enough action to change our broken food system. It was a tough job, but here are my top evidence-based papers.

This week I cover the impact of diet quality on COVID-19 outcomes, review some highlights from the PCRM International conference on Nutrition in Medicine and a stark warning that human activity in the Amazon is leading to catastrophic effects.

This week I summarise my keynote speech at the Australian Doctors for Nutrition Independent UN Food Summit Dialogue.

This week, Doctors for Nutrition from Australia took the opportunity of hosting an Independent UN Food Summit dialogue, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss the diet and food system in Australia and how the National Dietary Guidelines (NDGs), which are currently under review, are an important lever for change. I was honoured to give one of the keynote speeches but only had 6 minutes to highlight some important messages! Below I summarise my key points and refer to some important papers and reports on the topic of diet, health and sustainability.

This week has a cancer theme as I am preparing for my talk for the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine. I summarise the main headline messages from my talk.


Cancer prevention recommendations are done in my view. I doubt the advice will change in the coming 5–10 years. I believe the evidence supporting these recommendations will only be strengthened by a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved. The recommendations are summarised in an excellent guideline from the American Cancer Society and highlights are shown in the table below. In the US, the combination of excess body weight, alcohol intake, poor diet, and physical inactivity account for the highest proportion of all cancer cases in women and is second only to tobacco smoking in men. These 4 combined risk…

This week I cover an important study on how red meat damages DNA, fatty liver and severity of COVID-19, the impact of healthier lifestyles on inflammatory bowel disease, timing of meals and health outcomes and the diet of early humans.

This week I cover a review on vegan diets for children, biomarker analyses in veggie and vegan diets and data on healthy drinks.

This week I cover the impact of nutrition on COVID19 severity, vegan diets for children and a shocking report on vegetables consumption in the UK.

This week I cover more benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates are not the enemy, the plant-based advantage for gestational diabetes and methane emissions from animal agriculture.

This week I cover the health of modern day vegan children, low carbohydrate diets and type 2 diabetes, the impact of gluten consumption on brain health and an urgent call to action from Greta Thunberg.

This week I cover the impact of salt consumption on blood pressure, plant-based diets for kidney disease, healthy lifestyle and risk of colorectal cancer and attitudes to factory farming and pandemic risk.

Shireen Kassam

Consultant Haematologist and Lifestyle Medicine Physician. Founder and Director of Plant-based health professionals UK.

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