Opinion: Sen. Booker: Please Spread Word About Veggies

English: Cory Booker at the 2011 Time 100 gala.

Sen. Cory Booker at the 2011 Time 100 gala. Photo: Wikipedia

We are so excited to see that someone elected to the Senate is “out” as a vegetarian. Maybe we can get him to Vegister as a Plantivore! This article discusses the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and how the author is hopeful that Sen. Cory Booker will continue to speak up about the benefits of eating plant-based. Read the entire article for some research and statistics on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.

This piece was written by Susan Levin, director of nutrition education for the vegan group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Opinion: Sen. Booker: Please Spread Word About Veggies

“NEWARK Mayor Cory Booker has just become U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, by a comfortable margin. Those of us involved with public health issues are hopeful that Booker can inspire others to make healthier food choices, much as his efforts at rejuvenating Newark have become a model for the nation. He is, after all, now the country’s most popular vegetarian senator.

A vegetarian for about two decades, Booker has not shied away from discussing his food choices. If enough New Jerseyans emulate him, his home state could join some of those with the lowest heart disease rates, such as Colorado and Hawaii, as well as the senator’s new home, the District of Columbia.

We could save millions of lives and billions of dollars each year — important improvements that are easy to accomplish through modest diet and lifestyle changes. A vegan diet is a good model for those of us who are interested in preventing and reversing chronic diseases and lessening taxpayer burden. That’s something upon which everyone, across the country and on either side of the aisle, should agree.

As a dietitian and workplace wellness expert, I have seen firsthand the effects of the standard American diet packed with animal products, saturated fats and cholesterol on individuals and families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26.5 million adult Americans — about 11.5 percent of the population — are […]”

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