These books on plant-based nutrition and health provide the science and clinical results to support a plant-based diet.
Whole plant foods are the healthiest fuel for your body. The science and real world results prove it time and again.
That’s why eating a diet of whole plant foods is one of the best things you can do for your body and your health.
Read these books and learn from a number of the top plant-based professionals about the many benefits of a plant-based diet.
With years of experience these individuals know just how important what you eat is to your health.
Bringing scientific theory and real world results together, these books cover all the bases for healthy plant-based living.
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Top 40 Plant-Based Health & Nutrition Books—Part One
The China Study was written by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and his son Thomas M. Campbell II, MD. This book presents the findings of the longest running comprehensive study on human nutrition and disease that’s ever been conducted. And one thing is for sure, the link between diet and disease is undeniable. You can now get a revised and expanded edition of The China Study.
By Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease focuses on how a low fat plant-based diet can improve your heart health. Through his years of experience with patients and the changes he has witnessed when they adhere to the diet long-term, Dr. Esselstyn knows what he’s talking about. With a commitment to following the lifestyle and an emphasis on whole plant foods and minimal fats, Dr. Esselstyn shows that even the most advanced heart disease patients have a chance at improving their condition.
3. Eat to Live
Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman, MD, has become a highly popular book about the benefits of plant-based eating. Focusing on high-quality whole plant foods, Eat to Live is about choosing the most nutrient-rich foods you can to fuel your body. Follow Dr. Fuhrman’s six week plan to rejuvenate your diet, health, and life.
Written by Dr. John McDougall, The Starch Solution emphasises the importance of a starch-based diet. Moving to a plant-based diet is great. But the thing that’s going to make sure you stick with it is eating enough calories and making plant-based meals accessible and realistic. That’s what The Starch Solution is about. Plant-based eating doesn’t need to be fancy, just make starches the centre of your diet. Potatoes, rice, beans, corn, take your pick. Whatever’s convenient for you, and whatever starchy foods you like, load up on them. Keep your meals starch-based and low in fat and you’re all set.
How Not to Die is written by Michael Greger, MD, with Gene Stone. In recent years Dr. Greger has built up a popular following through his videos on plant-based nutrition. How Not To Die is an extension of the NutritionFacts website and YouTube channel that are dedicated to presenting current scientific evidence on nutrition and health. Learn all you need to know about plant-based foods and how they can prevent and reverse disease.
One of the most common chronic diseases affecting the western world, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes shares how a plant-based diet can change that. Keeping the fat content low and loading up on healthy plant foods can prevent and even reverse the disease. Losing excess weight and gaining energy in the process, the move to a plant-based diet has the potential to dramatically improve lives. If only more people knew about it! So spread the word.
If it’s one of the only books on plant-based nutrition you read, Whole is one you should have on your bookshelf. This book takes plant-based diets to a whole new level. Sorry, couldn’t resist. But really, the difference between a so-so plant-based diet and a healthy one, is a focus on whole plant foods. And this book tells you just why. T. Colin Campbell, PhD is one of the most knowledgeable sources on plant-based health and nutrition there is. So put his advice into practice and your health will thank you.
A companion book to the Forks Over Knives documentary, and edited by Gene Stone, this book gives you the how-to steps for going plant-based. As it expands on the film, read about the many health benefits of a plant-based diet and success stories from those who have lived it. There are also 125 recipes to help you start changing your diet.
Super Immunity is another popular book written by Joel Fuhrman, MD. Learn all about eating nutrient-rich foods to boost you immunity and keep your body strong and healthy. Super Immunity reflects Dr. Fuhrman’s commitment to building health through the foods you eat, not the medications you take.
With a surgeon’s perspective on weight loss, Garth Davis, MD, and Howard Jacobson, PhD, reveal the realities of society’s obsession with protein. Considered essential for health, what happens when the fixation on protein gets out of control? Proteinaholic is a worthwhile read for anyone who thinks they need more protein in their diet. Because chances are, you’re getting more than enough.
11. The Cheese Trap
The Cheese Trap is written by Neal D. Barnard, MD, of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and includes recipes from Dreena Burton of Plant-Powered Kitchen. As people transition to a plant-based diet, cheese is often one of the last foods to go. Many people find it something hard to let go of, almost as if they’re addicted to it. Dr. Barnard delves into the facts surrounding cheese and how letting it go can benefit your health in countless ways.
By Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD The Forks Over Knives Plan is another follow up to the Forks Over Knives documentary. After seeing the film you’re likely ready to make the switch to plant-based eating. But how do you go about it? The Forks Over Knives Plan takes you through the transition and teaches you how to implement lasting, healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle.
In The Pleasure Trap Douglas J. Lisle, PhD, and Alan Goldhamer, DC, provide insight into why we stray from healthy practices. Realising that overall well being is about more than just diet, this book delves into the psychology of health. The Pleasure Trap covers what can lead to dietary and lifestyle behaviours that inhibit health and happiness and how to regain a healthy balance in your life.
Written by Pam Popper, PhD, ND, of Wellness Forum Health, with Glen Merzer, Food Over Medicine is a refreshing look at food. Rather than filling up on prescription medications, Dr. Popper clearly explains why food is the medicine we should seek, not pills. Food Over Medicine shares just why what you fill your grocery cart with is the most powerful way to fight chronic disease.
By a dietitian with the experience and knowledge necessary, Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, has compiled The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. This guide is perfect for anyone interested in a healthy plant-based vegan lifestyle. Being vegan doesn’t mean sacrificing your health. This book explains the science behind plant-based nutrition, with recipes and tips for how to be a healthy vegan.
16. The Spectrum
The Spectrum by Dean Ornish, MD, follows in the footsteps of Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease. The Spectrum presents tips and advice for how to improve your heart and overall health with diet and lifestyle changes. Recommending a low fat, plant-based diet, the recipes provided can be adapted to accommodate different dietary preferences.
A tried-and-true book, The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss by John A. McDougall, MD should be your go-to for healthy eating. Sharing a number of recipes from Mary McDougall, you’ll have all you need to get started. A sustainable approach to weight loss, eating according to this program will help you trim down and keep the weight off long-term.
By Neal D. Barnard, MD, Power Foods for the Brain shares a 3-step plan you can follow to build better mental and overall health. Breaking down the nutrient and health benefits of various plant foods for improved brain function, Dr. Barnard also shares a meal plan along with recipes and a list of which foods you should avoid.
This popular book by Dean Ornish, MD was one of the first programs making the connection between diet and heart health. With the realisation of the power of plant foods, heart disease was no longer a terminal condition. Follow the advice in this book to take better care of your heart and health, from someone with years of specialised experience.
This most recent book by Dr. John McDougall and Mary Mcdougall, explains why the foods you love can actually be the best for you. Pizza, pasta, pancakes—you can enjoy them all, just make them plant-based. Eat great tasting meals and have all the energy you need to live life to its’ fullest. This book will tell what foods you should and shouldn’t eat as well as providing you with countless recipes.
Healthy plant-based living will continue to grow in popularity as more people learn about and read books like these.
From improving heart disease and diabetes along with preventing and reversing numerous other health ailments, adhering to a healthy plant-based diet has proven itself time and again.
So add these plant-based books to your wish list and share them with others.
Plant-based is the future, and the authors of these books are helping to pave the way.
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