“The balance of scientific evidence suggests that the healthiest way to eat is a vitamin B12-fortified diet of whole plant foods. For optimum nutrition, we should be sure to include in our daily diet not only an array of whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruit, and as many vegetables as we can eat, but also specifically dark green leafy vegetables, berries, and white (or green) tea.”

Source: Dr Greger’s Nutrition Facts website

If we wanted to choose what to eat based solely on what is best for our long-term health, then we might scour the mountain of nutrition research to form conclusions about what to eat.

But for lay people without a research background – and indeed also for people with a good general education and good intelligence – the research is hard to access and difficult and time-consuming to inform practical conclusions.

Dr Greger’s Nutrition Facts website addresses this problem by translating nutrition research for a non-researcher audience.

And according to Dr Greger, the “balance of scientific evidence suggests that the healthiest way to eat is a Vitamin-B12 fortified diet of whole plant foods”.

Of course, we make decisions about what to eat not only based on what is healthiest. We might also consider taste, social norms, religion, ethical beliefs.

But for health alone, the advice from nutrition seems pretty clear: eat a whole food plant based diet (and add some B12!)

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