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Why You Should Have A Heartburn Diet (or You May Have To Stop Eating Meat)

Many health professionals (including some cardiologists) have urged vegetarians to take a diet with lower saturated fat and cholesterol levels.

Many health professionals (ahem, cardiologists) have advised vegetarians (of which I am one) to take a diet with lower saturated fat and cholesterol levels. But this advice is wrong. There is just no evidence that a diet lowering saturated fat and cholesterol levels reduces the risk of heart disease. There is no conclusive evidence that a diet lowering saturated fat and cholesterol levels reduces the risk of heart disease. In 2005, just seven years after the recommendation to lower saturated fat and cholesterol levels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Institute of Medicine found that diet-heart relationships are complex and “controversial.” It’s time our doctors take heart disease seriously.

Why You Should Have a Heartburn Diet or You May Have To Stop Eating Meat

In a previous post ( The Surprising Health Benefits of Heartbreak ) I talked about my heartburn diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, high in fruits, vegetables, and fiber, and full of whole grains. I also talked about the health benefits of heartburn that may include lowering your risk of coronary heart disease, controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol, improving your metabolism, and even helping you to heal from heartburn.

But what about heartburn that happens due to overindulgence in animal products? Should I get a heartburn cure, as some people are now asking? I talked about heartburn that happens due to overindulgence in animal products in a previous post . In that piece I talked about a vegetarian diet that I had tried with some success after working as a dietitian on a diet that was very low in animal products. It is a very rich and complex diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber. It also includes whole grains, beans, nuts, eggs, avocados, olive oil, and seeds. I tried this diet for about 4 months and my heartburn went away. So I am going to describe one heartburn diet that I have tried that includes animal products.

The Recipe: Fat Reduction, Whole Grains, and a Heartburn Diet

If you are reading this after hearing my explanation about heartburn and not having an answer to the question, “why would a diet lowering saturated fat and cholesterol reduce the risk of heart disease?” then I recommend you read my previous post before continuing on. The explanation in that post included a whole grain, olive oil, and seed butter recipe that I used to make the recipe below.

I had been working to lose weight and shed pounds since my divorce in 2005 but that work is not over. For now, I am on a diet that is made up of whole grains and plant based ingredients. I try to include lean proteins, such as chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy, and whole grains. I try to include fat sources, such as olive and canola oil and nuts when I can.

It’s not easy to eat only vegetable foods and eat only fat. That’s why I started my recipe book, The New Vegetarian , and this blog.

In addition to the fat source that I always eat, I also consume a tablespoon of flaxseed oil at breakfast, and a cup of almond milk as a snack or dessert. This is a way to increase your plant based fats while minimizing heartburn.

The reason to add a heartburn diet to your program is due to the link between saturated fat and heartburn on page 23 of my book. The link from that page to its conclusion is below:

Why You Should Have a Heartburn Diet and You Must Stay Away from Carbs

I’ve been working hard to stop eating animal products, which have caused my heartburn, as I write this. I also get angry because of how many times I hear doctors and dieticians talking about heartburn when the answer is so blatantly obvious.