Don’t Die from Diet

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“Do not dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” — Old English Proverb

How did you decide on your current diet?

Is it based on what you were fed as a young child?

Is it based purely on foods that taste good?

Have you changed your diet because of what your friends, family and good-looking celebrities have recommended?

Beware, they may not have the expertise to provide healthy guidance.

Keep Health recommends confirming the science behind what you eat. Here are the best evidence-based articles we could find. We encourage you to explore the links.

Science-based healthiest diets


02. DASH

  • Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • A low-sodium variation of Mediterranean for those with high blood pressure
Blue Zones Diet
  • Based on diet of long-lived people in Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Ikaria (Greece), Nicoya (Costa Rica) and Loma Linda (California)
  • Beans and mostly plant-based diet each day
  • For more listen to the Fountain of Youth Podcast TED talk from Dan Buettner
  • Sign up for a free Blue Zones subscription for recipes
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Dean Ornish Diet Undo Heart Disease
  • Scientifically proven to reverse the progression of severe coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and high blood pressure as well as to slow, stop, or even reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer in a series of randomized controlled trials published in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • Predominantly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, soy products, nonfat dairy, and egg whites in their natural forms, as well as some good fats containing omega 3 fatty acids
  • Numerous studies have shown that a vegetarian diet is one of the most effective for maintaining health.
  • Plant-based diets are healthier than diets where meat is consumed, whether measured by the occurrence of heart disease, cancer, or death.
Gluten Free
  • Essential for those with celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten
  • Not recommended otherwise

For more options, see the 2019 US News and World Reports Rankings of Best Diets.

Science says to avoid these diets. Click the links to find out why.

For health questions about particular foods and food quality, see:

Other excellent diet and food articles of interest:

Perhaps in the future, we won’t even need a diet as Columbia University’s Harris Wang and his team want to bioengineer prototrophic mammalian cells that can become nutrient factories churning out the critical amino acids and vitamins we otherwise have to consume through food.

  • Our cells do not generate all the essential amino acids that are required to produce our own proteins. We can make many, but not all of them, which requires us to eat other organisms to acquire the basic building blocks to synthesize our own protein.
  • Can we assemble the metabolic pathways to make all the essential amino acids in a human cell? If so, you could make most of the foundational materials that we need to metabolize.

As always with each newsletter, we suggest something fun for you to buy or try, so how about this for Easter Bunny fans?…the Carrot Hot Dog! In this case, we don’t expect you to actually try it, but hopefully the creativity makes you smile.

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