For those who need more details on the scientific literature supporting a whole food plant-based diet, we would like to share these references with you. We will keep this updated with the most recent publications as this knowledge is rapidly evolving
Whole Food Plant-Based literature:
We acknowledge that many people who are contemplating or are converting to a WFPBD are like us, they would like to read as much as they can about this rapidly expanding knowledge base.
There are now numerous publications that are well written by WFPB authors who are authorities on the research and have devoted their lives to learning and teaching everything they can about this exciting and controversial lifestyle when contrasted to the standard American diet.
At Plant Street, we encourage intensive learning and have titles that we recommend with a brief review and direct link to Amazon where they can be purchased.
These readings will embellish and add valuable discussion to the coaching sessions. As knowledge evolves, we note that there can be minor differences of opinion between these books, and we encourage you not to get hung up on these differences.
The overwhelming message remains the same: a whole-food, plant-based diet will prevent and even reverse most of the chronic illnesses that are so much morbidity in our society.
Some of the books we recommend:
“The China Study” by Dr. T. Colin Campbell reviews the largest population-based nutritional study ever completed.
It has been the impetus for many laboratory studies leading to a better understanding of the relationship between nutrition and many of the chronic diseases afflicting our society.
In the book he also reviews his own laboratory work demonstrating the link between animal protein and cancer. Dr. Campbell’s book “Whole” delves deeper into his laboratory studies and he explains the problems with the current scientific approach and applying it to nutritional studies, that is, the inability to control for all the vast number of micronutrients and the effects of these on our physiological function.
In “Fiber Fueled”, by Dr. William Bulsiewicz the amazing world of microbiota is explained with facts about fiber and the microbiome and how even mental health can be altered with food changes. Dr. Dean Ornish in his book, “Undo It” reviews his studies which demonstrate that with WFPB diet and lifestyle changes chronic conditions including atherosclerosis can be slowed and even reversed.
In his book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn presents his studies demonstrating the reversal of heart disease in his cohort of patients with severe coronary artery disease.