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The Two Apples a Day Challenge
For many years people have been interested in nutrition and these past few months it seems that the Netflix movie called “What the Health” went viral and everybody was talking about the movie whether in person or on Facebook.
Many people came forward and asked me for my thoughts and the more I learn about nutrition, the more I realize how emotionally charged the subject is.
While charged, the truth is in fact quite simple and I essentially tell my friends and colleagues that at the end of the day a plant-based diet is great, but it’s more than just a vegan or plant based diet; rather it is the fiber intake the plants provide, which is the most important.
We could save so many lives if people would choose to eat 30-40 grams of fiber per day. Currently, most Americans consume less than 10 grams of fiber a day. I have seen dramatic changes in my patients when they adopt a high fiber diet. Whether they are vegan or meat lovers really is somewhat irrelevant as long as they consume enough fiber.
To learn more about the effects of fiber on health, view chapter 5 from Dietary Fiber for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Fiber’s Interaction between Gut Micoflora, Sugar Metabolism, Weight Control and Cardiovascular Health which covers the relationship between fiber consumption and cardiovascular health.
I would encourage everyone to try adding fiber to their diet by simply eating 2 apples a day, stop all forms of juicing (you kill the fiber) and eat a breakfast loaded with fiber such as all-bran or fiber one cereal. After trying this, I would love to hear feedback from everyone out there; especially those with diabetes or obesity that has been hard to manage.
Dr. Samaan is board-certified Cardiologist in the fields of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. He specializes in the prevention of coronary artery disease. He is the founder of ProgressiveMD. Dr. Samaan has been involved in medical research in 4 continents including medical work in remote regions of South America, the Middle East and South Africa. He has written medical news articles published in major newspapers and has been a correspondent on CNBC and ABC News. He has also published in medical journals including the Texas Heart Institute Journal and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
For limited time you can download a free chapter on “The Relationship Between Probiotics and Dietary Fiber Consumption and Cardiovascular Health” from Dietary Fiber for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease by Rodney Samaan.
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