88S. Plant-Based Diet: Best Diet for Disease Prevention and Longevity
Seminar, one hour. Investigation, with aid of primary literature sources, of why adoption of whole-foods, plant-based diet could prevent and even reverse chronic conditions of increasing prevalence in U.S. such as inflammatory bowel disease, fatty liver disease, and asthma. Study of medicinal properties of plant-based nutrition with respect to gut microbiota genomics, neuroscience, and autoimmune disease research. For lowering disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high blood cholesterol levels, scientific evidence suggests that plant-based eating pattern may be just as effective as common pharmaceuticals. Have external forces (e.g., judicial, legislative, and economic sectors) played an influential role in nation's current position on plant-based nutrition? Exploration of these issues to gain better understanding and awareness of role of plant-based nutrition in U.S. health landscape. P/NP grading. Facilitated by Raheem Louis, with William J. McCarthy as faculty mentor.