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Diet and Optimum Health 2013

Whole-Food Approaches to Disease Prevention


The Linus Pauling Institute invites scientific colleagues from around the world, every alternate year, to our Diet and Optimum Health conference, to discuss research on dietary and lifestyle approaches to improving human health and preventing and treating disease.

Diet and Optimum Health 2013 included a day of sharing with the public a plethora of scientifically based findings and recommendations about whole-food approaches to disease prevention.

We offer here a summary of  one of the four public presentations.

Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., smiling“Consume fiber-rich whole grains. Enjoy nuts for health.”
Those were the bottom-line messages from Kris-Etherton’s review of a variety of recent studies on cardiometabolic syndrome.

“Amazing” was how she repeatedly described scientific findings of favorable health effects of whole grains and nuts. Among the research she discussed was a small controlled clinical study of a diet emphasizing whole rather than refined grains, in which the prescribed daily servings of whole-grain consumption she said, in-effect “cured” the pre-diabetes conditions of the subjects.

Kris-Etherton also pointed to “low nut and seed consumption” as among the top 12 risk factors for cardiometabolic disease, according to the World Health Organization.


A recording of Dr. Kris-Etherton’s presentation (Public Session 2), as well as the other Whole-Food Approaches to Disease Prevention  presentations, are available for viewing online.


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