Stop Worrying About Protein, Dietary Fiber Is the Real Macronutrient You Need

You’re already getting more than enough protein – but you’re probably not getting nearly enough dietary fiber, according to experts. iStock/sveta_zarzamora Proponents of plant-based diets often have their protein intake judged by outsiders who claim the vegan diet can’t provide nearly enough protein to sustain a healthy lifestyle. But it turns out that protein is not really the concern. Most experts, including Kathy Freston and Bruce Friedrich, authors of “Clean Protein,” agree that if you’re eating enough calories, you’re getting enough protein. That said, there is one nutrient most Americans…

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Plant-Based Diet Healthier Choice for Diabetics

Vegan eating can improve insulin secretion. A plant-based diet can promote improved insulin secretion in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research from a randomized crossover trial published in the journal Nutrients. Researchers compared the hormone levels of 20 men with type 2 diabetes following consumption of a plant-based meal (a tofu-based veggie burger) or a meat-based meal (a beef burger). Secretions of both insulin and incretin, a hormone that amplifies the release of insulin, increased more after the plant-based meal. The study also showed increased function of…

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