Vaughan, Claudette
October 2002
Animals Today;2002, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p10
This article focuses on the use of food as medicine.The Greek physician Hippocrates, considered the founding father of Western medicine, was the first to advocate food as medicine. This concept is relevant to the underlying principles of a vegan diet, which excludes all animal products and is typically low in salt and fat, cholesterol free, as well as rich in fibre, carbohydrates and important vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that people who follow a vegan diet have a lower incidence of heart disease, gallstones, diverticular disease, diabetes, kidney stones, breast cancer and colon cancer. The human body can run extremely efficiently when fed exclusively on plant foods, and there are a wide variety of cereals (grains), fruits, vegetables, pulses, nuts, seeds and soy products to choose from.


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