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Vegetarian diets and health

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 04 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5272

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Risks of ischaemic heart disease and stroke in meat eaters, fish eaters, and vegetarians over 18 years of follow-up

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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. This is because toxins and addictions make us sick. So we should avoid toxins (pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides) and addictions (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

04 September 2019
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA