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September 12, 2005

Vegan Diet Helps Postmenopausal Women Shed Weight

Topics: Health Issues

In what amounts to a strong argument for following a plant-based diet, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine - postmenopausal women are able to lose weight and improve insulin sensitivity more effectively when following a low-fat, vegan diet that excludes meat and dairy products. The study participants following the vegan diet enjoyed unlimited servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthful foods that enabled them to lose weight without feeling hungry.

Previous research has shown that populations following a plant-based diet are far less likely to be overweight or obese.

Forty percent of meat-eaters were overweight or obese, compared to only 25 to 29 percent of vegetarians and vegans, in a recent study of more than 55,000 Swedish women conducted by Tufts University researcher P. Kirstin Newby and colleagues. Lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other life-threatening diseases occur among vegetarian populations worldwide.

Posted by Richard at September 12, 2005 8:36 PM

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