The editorial in the March 2016 American Family Physician, which I received yesterday, states: “Consistently strong evidence supports the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables; in addition, moderate to strong evidence indicates the consumption of whole grains should be increased.” The editorial goes on to say: “Moderate to strong evidence supports a decreased intake of red and processed meat, and consistently strong evidence underscores the benefits of reducing consumption of sugar and sweetened beverages.”
The American Family Physician is the official publication of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) that goes to all AAFP members. This editorial comment emphasizes the impact that diet has on health. The Practice Guidelines state: “About one-half of the adults in the United States have at least one chronic disease, (e.g., cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus) that could be prevented. Data indicate that a healthy diet and regular physical activity can reduce the risk of these diseases.” Mainstream medicine is clearly taking a proactive stance on the value of adopting a healthy diet, and that is great news for everyone!