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Are there bad foods or just bad diets?

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 17 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2442


Diets are a riot. There are many popular diets, but none of them seem to work. They all leave us hungry and weak, not satisfied or strong. What is a healthy diet?

A healthy diet is nutritious food that excludes toxins and addictions, because toxins and addictions are common, covert causes of sickness, both physical and emotional. Toxins, like pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, don’t belong in our diet. The same is true for addictions, like honey, sweets, chocolate, vanilla, cola, coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. What should we eat?

We should eat organic food and follow a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet. Organic food (which excludes chemicals) minimizes toxins, and a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet (which excludes meat, chicken, and fish) minimizes our cravings for addictions. The result is an organic, addiction-free Lacto-Ovo-VEgetarian diet, which I call the “LOVE Diet," my acronymic recipe for health, both physical and emotional.

In review, the LOVE Diet is an organic, addiction-free lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet that excludes meat, chicken, and fish, but includes whole milk, cheese, butter, eggs, fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Beans, nuts, and seeds replace meat, chicken, and fish with more nutrition and less hunger or addiction. Delicious and nutritious, and free from addiction's cravings and ravings, the LOVE Diet is a recipe for peace and health.

The opposite of the LOVE Diet (nutrition) is the “HATE Diet” (addiction). The HATE Diet (Honey, Alcohol, Tobacco, Espresso) is a non-organic diet that includes meat, chicken, fish, and addictions. Addicting and afflicting with cravings and ravings, the HATE Diet is a recipe for conflict and sickness. Choose LOVE, not HATE.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 May 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA