Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

Tags: plant-strong diet | protein foods | antioxidants | Dr. Chauncey Crandall | fruits | vegetables | nuts

You Need a Plant-Strong Diet

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Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 08:44 AM Current | Bio | Archive


Once, people who ate no meat were known as vegetarians.

But these days, the term “plant strong” is becoming more prominent, both as a way to eradicate any negative connotations and to showcase the role that plants — mainly fruits and vegetables — can play in keeping us vigorous and healthy.

When I mention protein, most people think of eggs, cheese, and meat. But, in fact, plants also contain protein. Among the most protein-packed are:

• Almonds
• Asparagus
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Mung bean sprouts
• Quinoa

Plants are also high in fiber, a carbohydrate that is low in calories, but fills you up. Fiber also helps to lower cholesterol, decreasing heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

For plants with higher fiber content, choose:

• Beans
• Berries
• Nuts
• Oats
• Spinach

Finally, plants are high in antioxidants, molecules that prevent or slow down oxidation, a process that ages our bodies and contributes to heart disease.

To fully harness the power of antioxidants, choose a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for your plate; the more vivid the colors (red, yellow, and green peppers, for instance), the more antioxidants the food contains.


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