Dietary Due Diligence

September 8, 2018

Welcome to Plant-Based Eating for Personal and Community Health. Class #1 wasted no time in getting to the heart of the matter—Who and what to trust about diet? I recommend doing due diligence when it comes to making dietary decisions. For me that means turning to professionals or organizations with evidence-based, peer reviewed dietary studies published in leading journals. It means reading their material, corresponding, visiting their clinics and attending conferences if possible. It means asking important questions: Does the dietary information make sense? Who funds the work? Does the diet promote human and animal health? Is it sustainable? It may even mean taking a course with a credible university or institute that seriously challenges the Standard American Diet and the animal-based agriculture that props it up!

One of the trusted health promoting organizations I have found is The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC. ( In class #1, founder and president Neal Barnard, MD, guided us through The Cheese Trap in the following YouTube clip Read more about The Cheese Trap here

For our taste treat we whipped up a Basil Pesto using white beans and roasted red pepper with nutritional yeast and a handful of toasted walnuts minus the classic parmigiana and olive oil. Here is the delicious Cheese-free Basil Pesto recipe Enjoy on pasta or as a dip as we did in class.

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