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Analysis Science and Politics of Nutrition

Food based dietary patterns and chronic disease prevention

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 13 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2396

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Food is fuel for life and health. But what is a healthy diet? Is it tasty and satisfying?

A healthy diet is nutritious food without toxins or addictions. Both toxins and addictions make us sick. 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 minimizes toxins, and a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet (no meat, chicken, or fish) minimizes our craving for addictions. The result is an organic, addiction-free Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian diet, which I call the “LOVE Diet," my acronymic recipe for health.

We shouldn't eat meat, chicken, or fish, because they cause addiction. So the LOVE Diet replaces meat, chicken, and fish with eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Delicious and nutritious, 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. With cravings and ravings, the HATE Diet is a recipe for conflict and sickness. So delete meat, and pledge veggies. Choose LOVE, not HATE.

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 June 2018
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA