Esselstyn Diet 101

Esselstyn Diet 101

A new diet has been popping up in the news recently. Known as the Esselstyn Diet, it’s named after its creator, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., who made a fascinating discovery in his cancer research. He found out that certain cultures did not get heart disease, one of the leading killers in the United States. Keep reading to see what his findings were and what you should stop eating now if you want to follow this radical new diet!

Papua New Guineans, Mexican Indians, rural Chinese, and central Africans are the groups that left Dr. Esselstyn amazed. He claims that following certain simple diet changes will make you “heart attack proof.” He even states that family history has no bearing on the effects! Bold claims, right? Well let’s see just what this diet is all about.

He claims that the disease is a food borne illness, and that current treatments for heart disease aren’t actually attacking the cause. There are four main components to following the Esselstyn diet. No meat. No added oils. No dairy. No eggs. Though it may sound like vegan-ism, the primary goal with this diet is human health, not necessarily a regard for animals. 

Obviously, the meat, dairy, and egg producers are all quick to defend their products. The U.S. government still hasn’t removed those items from the MyPlate healthy eating rules. Weight, physical activity, and and cholesterol are all additional factors that other doctors argue should still be considered. Plus, this isn’t necessarily the easiest diet to follow. Doctors suggest that people interested in following this diet take small steps before eliminating the four “baddies” from their diets. 

Personally, we find this information interesting, but tend to take it with a grain of salt. What Dr. Esselstyn is saying makes sense, but it doesn’t factor in the other aspects of a persons life. Just following the Esselstyn diet doesn’t mean you’ll live to 100 by being a couch potato. You still have to exercise! You also have to make sure you aren’t eating so many sweets. Plus, we think this diet can be too restrictive. Again, we aren’t doctors, so if you want medical advice go to yours. Just our two cents.

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