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“Wow, it’s that easy?” New Study Refutes Myth About Vegan Diets

vegetarian foodA new study conducted by PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. proves that a major diet overhaul is easier than most doctors or nurses might imagine. Published in the summer 2004 issue of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, the study shows that patients easily transition from a standard omnivorous diet to a low-fat, vegan diet.

The study refutes a commonly held misconception that vegetarian or vegan diets are hard to adopt. It is the fourth study that Dr. Barnard has published on this topic.

The study included 64 overweight, postmenopausal women who were randomly assigned to either a low-fat, vegan diet or a more conventional (seemingly “easier”) low-fat diet following the guidelines of the National Cholesterol Education Program.

The vegan group not only lost significantly more weight than the control group, but its participants were just as positive about their dietary changes. In fact, 86 percent of the vegans said they planned to stick with the diet after the study concluded.



 

PCRM Online, October 2004

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