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.

Happy No Meat May! This week I cover the impact of meat packing facilities on rates of COVID-19, omega-3 fatty acids and mortality, risk of cancer in people with diabetes, impact of obesity on second cancers and cutting meat consumption to combat climate change.

This week I cover the impact of lifestyle plus socioeconomic status on cardiovascular disease, vegetarian diets and ischaemic heart disease, impact of soya on hormone health, ultra-processed food consumption in vegans and a call to action for health professionals.

This week I cover studies on heart health, type 2 diabetes, fasting and a new systematic review on vegan diets and cardiovascular disease.

This week I cover plant-based diets for kidney disease, how nitrate-rich vegetables support muscle strength and function, the role of fruits and vegetables in preventing depression and how the corporate food system is fuelling deforestation.

This week I cover protein intake and kidney function, ultra-processed foods and cardiovascular disease, the impact of diet and lifestyle on dementia risk and another study on eggs.

This week’s studies show cholesterol levels DO matter but a low-carb diet is deterimental to blood lipids; healthy plant-based diets can reduce risk of stroke; mushrooms are good for cancer prevention and red meat and eggs are best left off the plate.

This week I cover the increased risk of diabetes from red meat and haem iron, fish consumption and CVD, the benefits of a vegetarian diet for NAFLD, plant protein for building muscle and the impact of the food system on GHG emissions.

This week I cover more evidence supporting the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables and the harms associated with meat consumption. I also cover the impact of underlying health conditions and more wondrous benefits of flaxseeds.

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Inflammatory Arthritis (JIA) when I was 12 years old so I’ve had well over 20 years of learning to live with and manage this condition. I struggled through my teenage years and the early part of my university education trying endless NSAIDs with lots of courses of oral steroids thrown in as well. As a child my mum took me to see so many different people, desperate to try and find me help and relief. We tried physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, saw an osteopath, a homeopath and several different rheumatologists; some of these things made a little…

Shireen Kassam

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

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