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The Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds

The Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds

The Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds by Natalie Peckett, PhD student & 4th year medical studentNuts and seeds are often a fundamental part of a plant-based diet, typically incorporated as a non-animal source of protein and unsaturated fats. In addition to this,...

Diet and prostate cancer

Diet and prostate cancer

Diet and prostate cancerThe prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits behind the bladder and in front of the rectum and secretes fluid into semen. Prostate cancer (PC) is the most common cancer in men in the UK. There are different stages of PC, all arising from a...

About Soya

About Soya

Yianjia lee, Fresh Tofu at the Market. Flikr.com. CCAbout Soya Dr Nitu Bajekal FRCOG Dip IBLM Consultant Gynaecologist and Women’s Health Expert Lifestyle Medicine Physiciannitubajekal.comAlso known as Glycine Max, the soya bean is a legume, first grown in China 3000...

Vegan diet and bone fractures

Vegan diet and bone fractures

Vegan diet and bone fractures Two studies have now reported an increased risk of fractures in people following a vegan diet. The first was a study published in November 2020 and was a new analysis from the EPIC-Oxford study, one of the longest running and largest...

Plant-based diet index

Plant-based diet index

Plant-based diet indexMuch of what we know about diet, nutrition and health comes from prospective cohort studies, which follow large groups of people, usually healthy at baseline, for a number of years and analyse associations between dietary intake and health...

Plant-based diets and risk of stroke

Plant-based diets and risk of stroke

Plant-based diets and risk of strokeThere are two types of stroke; haemorrhagic and ischaemic. The vast majority are ischaemic and share the same risk factors as ischaemic heart disease. Stroke represents a huge burden of disease globally. The Global Burden of...

Coconut oil is not heart healthy

Coconut oil is not heart healthy

Coconut oil is not heart healthy Highly successful Industry marketing has convinced many that coconut oil is a ‘health food’. This well conducted meta-analysis of 16 studies confirms this not to be true. Coconut oil consistently leads to an increase in blood...

A Look Back at 2020 for Plant-based Health Professionals UK

A Look Back at 2020 for Plant-based Health Professionals UK

A Look Back at 2020 for Plant-based Health Professionals UKIt’s been a difficult year for us all. At PBHP UK we have had to adapt our working accordingly. Despite this we have had an exciting and productive year. These are the highlights. PLANT POWERED EXPO — FEBRUARY...

To Baobab or Not?

To Baobab or Not?

TO BAOBAB OR NOT? Baobab and Gut Health: Can we learn from the last remaining Hunter-Gatherers? By Dr Sunni PatelBaobab you say. I am sure you have heard of one of the African Tribe ‘superfoods’ to grace our culinary shelves? If you haven’t, do not fear, as this...

Iodine for babies and children: how much do they need?

Iodine for babies and children: how much do they need?

Iodine for babies and children: how much do they need? by Dr Miriam Martinez-BiargeIodine is a vital nutrient at all ages. Our thyroid gland takes iodine from the blood, combines it with the amino acid tyrosine and makes thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and...

Nutritional aspects during the fourth trimester of pregnancy

Nutritional aspects during the fourth trimester of pregnancy

Nutritional aspects during the fourth trimester of pregnancy Breaking the Taboo by Rachel Huban. Plant-based Nutritional TherapistThe fourth trimester is the 12 weeks after birth and nutritional insufficiencies can lead to exhaustion. The first 40 days after birth are...

Gut microbiome, immune system and COVID-19

Gut microbiome, immune system and COVID-19

Gut microbiome, immune system and COVID-19 By Despina Marselou Dietitian specialized in autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammation www.feedyourimmunity.comDespite the fact that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is known to attack our respiratory system,...

Is dairy necessary for good health?

Is dairy necessary for good health?

Is dairy necessary for good health?The scientific answer to this common nutrition question is simply no. Even the mainstream medical community is communicating this fact in top medical journals. The predominate reason we continue to believe dairy is necessary is the...

Fish and omega-3 fatty acids; the bottom line

Fish and omega-3 fatty acids; the bottom line

Fish and omega-3 fatty acids; the bottom lineThe role of fish in the diet continues to be a topic of scientific study and debate. So, do humans need to eat fish for health? Do I need to eat fish to be healthy? A 100% plant-based or vegan diet is one of the healthiest...

Are vegan diets deficient in choline?

Are vegan diets deficient in choline?

Are vegan diets deficient in choline? In the Summer of 2019, a rather controversial opinion piece about the lower choline content of plant-based diets was published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. The article suggested that there is a looming...

Oil or no oil; a viewpoint

Oil or no oil; a viewpoint

Oil or no oil; a viewpointThe whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet community are divided on the topic of added oils in the diet. Just to be clear, we are talking about extracted plant oils and not healthy fats found in whole plant foods. What should also be remembered...

How Can People Over 70 Stay Healthy During Self-Isolation?

How Can People Over 70 Stay Healthy During Self-Isolation?

How Can People Over 70 Stay Healthy During Self-Isolation? Dr Gemma NewmanWe are certainly going through challenging times that were hard to predict. Due to the spread of the virus SARS-Cov-2, which causes the infection Covid-19, we are now, at the time of writing, in...

Eat like a champion!

Eat like a champion!

Eat like a champion! by Shaun Conaghan Email: shaunconaghan@gmail.comInstagram @TheActiveNutritionTeacherAs a teacher, I am both concerned and motivated by the statistic that 60% of Irish people are overweight or obese. This is alarming especially as our chronic...

Ultra-processed plant-based foods

Ultra-processed plant-based foods

Ultra-processed plant-based foods by Dr Shireen KassamI am probably preaching to the converted, but it is always good to be armed with the evidence. The demand and growth in the plant-based foods market has led to the inevitable abundance of plant-based alternatives...

Does diet impact the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

Does diet impact the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

Does diet impact the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma?Authors: Marta Lewandowska, Dagfinn Aune, Doug Bristor, Shireen Kassam. Published in www.ijdrp.org VOL. 1, NO. 1. 2019 Introduction Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is the eleventh commonest cancer globally and the sixth and...

How do plant-based diets prevent cardiovascular disease

How do plant-based diets prevent cardiovascular disease

How do plant-based diets prevent cardiovascular diseaseThere are several ways in which plant-based diets modify the risk of cardiovascular disease and its main risk factors. At the core of cardiovascular disease is the development of atherosclerosis — the build up of...

Paleo and low-carb diets: what the science says

Paleo and low-carb diets: what the science says

Paleo and low-carb diets: what the science saysThere are a number of popular diet plans which promise a variety of health benefits. These include ‘low-carb’, ‘keto’ and ‘Paleo’ and are diets which all limit the consumption of carbohydrates to various degrees,...

Preventing and surviving breast cancer

Preventing and surviving breast cancer

Preventing and surviving breast cancerBreast cancer is now the commonest cancer in the UK and the most common cancer in women globally. 1in 7 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is more common in high income countries, in part...

Plant-based diets for maintaining a healthy weight

Plant-based diets for maintaining a healthy weight

Plant-based diets for maintaining a healthy weightOverweight and obesity are at epidemic proportions and a major factor in the rise of non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease and...

Omega-3 Supplementation

Omega-3 Supplementation

Omega-3 Supplementation By Dr Shireen KassamThere is an open question as to whether those following 100% plant-based diets should take a long chain omega-3 supplement. There are 3 main omega-3 fatty acids. The short chain omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA)...

How does diet and lifestyle drive chronic disease?

How does diet and lifestyle drive chronic disease?

How does diet and lifestyle drive chronic disease?Most chronic diseases share similar pathogenic mechanisms, even though the manifestations of these diseases may differ. The key driver is low grade chronic inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to any sort...

Five surprising benefits of a plant-based diet

Five surprising benefits of a plant-based diet

Five surprising benefits of a plant-based dietMany of the important benefits of a plant-based diet – particularly for climate health and animals – are well known. Yet despite the science being very clear, there remains confusion about the impact on human health. We...

Why are nutrition and lifestyle so important?

Why are nutrition and lifestyle so important?

Why are nutrition and lifestyle so important?There is a global epidemic of chronic disease termed non-communicable diseases (NCDs). According to the World Health Organisation, 71% of all deaths globally each year (41 million people) are caused by NCDs. Four conditions...

Food for Your Mood

Food for Your Mood

Food for Your Mood Rosie Martin, Registered DietitionThe month of May saw Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13th-19th 2019), with both health professionals and the public working to raise the profile of mental health disorders. We talked awareness, body image, mental...

A Whole Food Plant-Based Psychologist

A Whole Food Plant-Based Psychologist

A Whole Food Plant-Based Psychologist Food within psychotherapeutic journeys* by Dr Barry Orr barry@starchivoreandrunning.comWhen I first applied to become a member of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK on 23rd January 2019, I was told that I was the first clinical...

Are Dairy-Free Diets A Risk To Bone Health?

Are Dairy-Free Diets A Risk To Bone Health?

Are Dairy-Free Diets A Risk To Bone Health?I applaud the Duchess of Cornwall for highlighting the issue of osteoporosis, which can be a debilitating condition. However, to cite dairy-free diets as harmful to bone health is just ignorant and not based on scientific...

Plant Based on a Budget

Plant Based on a Budget

Plant Based on a Budget Faith CavalliIt is a common belief that healthy eating, especially a plant-based diet, is more expensive than eating a diet high in junk food. This is definitely not the case, you just need to know what to buy and cook so it keeps costs low. If...

Do I need to eat a rainbow?

Do I need to eat a rainbow?

‘Of course I eat a healthy diet, I’m vegan!’Do I need to eat a rainbow? Dr Sue KenneallyWhether in my GP surgery or in social media groups I hear this all the time, and it is true that on average a vegan diet is healthier than a standard Western diet. And lest we...

The PURE study and dairy consumption

The PURE study and dairy consumption

The PURE study and dairy consumptionDAIRY INTAKE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: Recent headlines suggest that the more dairy products you consume, the lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. So, have dairy products really been exonerated? Do we now ignore the...

Cancer; ignoring nutrition at our peril

Cancer; ignoring nutrition at our peril

​Cancer; ignoring nutrition at our perilIn the UK, cancer is now the commonest cause of death, the top cause of avoidable death and accounts for 42% of cases of premature death. These statistics are in the face of an ever-increasing number of treatments. So where have...

The PURE study; low fat diets increase risk of death

The PURE study; low fat diets increase risk of death

The PURE study; low fat diets increase risk of deathThis was the nutrition news in August 2017. More evidence of the mainstream media trying to confuse the public and reinforce the nations poor food choices. The public love to read stories that support their bad...

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In the media

How to support a child who wants to be vegan

How to support a child who wants to go vegan

The Independent | September 24, 2021

Plant Powered Planet

About Plant Based Health Professionals

Plant Powered Planet | May, 2021

One in 10 Young British Men Would Rather Go To Jail Than Stop Eating Meat

How to transition from a vegetarian to a vegan diet

Vegan Food & Living  | May 14, 2021

International Women's Day 2021: Pass it Forward

Just Entrepreneurs | Mar 8, 2021

Food for thought with Rohini Bajekal

asian-voice.com | Dec 29, 2020

The gut health pitfalls to avoid on a vegan diet

by Dr Alan Desmond | Mar 6, 2019