Dietary Due Diligence
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. (pcrm.org). In class #1, founder and president Neal Barnard, MD, guided us through The Cheese Trap in the following YouTube clip https://youtu.be/h6jeZ-5A9E4. Read more about The Cheese Trap here https://www.capegazette.com/blog-entry/cheese-trap/132318.
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 https://www.capegazette.com/blog-entry/presto-pesto/162538. Enjoy on pasta or as a dip as we did in class.