PinnacleHealth: Plant-based Diets

Plant-based diets are centered on eating a variety of plant foods in their whole, unprocessed form. These foods include vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, whole grains and small amounts of healthy fats. It does not include animal products, eggs, processed foods and sweets.

“A plant-based diet can be good for your heart. It can help you lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar, which may reduce risk of heart disease. You still need to watch fat, calories, sugar and salt. It is possible to get too much of those whether you eat animal products or not,” claims Kathaleen King-Dailey, Nurse Practitioner for PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute.

For tips on keeping a balanced, heart-healthy, plant-based diet, visit

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