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Question : I am interested in a plant-based diet. Do you have any information on this?
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Kathy McManus, M.S., R.D., is the director of the department of nutrition at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Simmons College, completed her Dietetic Internship at Brigham and Women Hospital, and received a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Framingham State College.

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There are several plant-based diets that offer healthy foods each day.

One example is the DASH diet – Diet Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and low-fat dairy. It also includes fish and poultry. And it’s reduced in red meat, sweets, added sugars and sugary beverages. For more information on the DASH diet, go to www.DashDiet.org.

Another plant-based diet is the Traditional Mediterranean Diet. This diet includes eating vegetables, fruits, grains (mostly whole), beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices and olive oil daily. And fish and seafood often, at least 2 times a week. It encourages more moderate portions of cheese, yogurt, poultry and eggs, daily to weekly. And less often, meats and sweets. For more information about the Mediterranean diet, go to www.oldwayspt.org.

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