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Major report backs overhaul of US dietary guideline process

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 19 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4340


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 without toxins or addictions. Despite their popularity, trusted toxins and addictions in our diet are common, covert causes of conflict and sickness. So we should avoid toxins like pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides; and we should avoid addictions like sugar, honey, 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, which combines tasty vegetarian cuisine with whole dairy and eggs.

Contrary to popular opinion, we don't need meat, chicken, or fish. They lack balanced nutrition and cause addiction. The LOVE Diet replaces meat, chicken, and fish with beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, which offer more nutrition and less hunger or addiction. Delicious and nutritious, with satiety and sanity, the LOVE Diet is a recipe for peace and health, our most crucial but elusive goals.

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, our everyday reality. So delete meat, and pledge veggies. Choose LOVE, not HATE.

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 September 2017
Hugh Mann