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  2. Jun 27, 2023

Plant-Based Diets That Follow National Recommendations Reduce Inflammation

Diets that followed the Dietary Guidelines for Americans with a plant-based emphasis lowered inflammation more than following the guidelines alone, according to findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Replacing animal-based foods with vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes significantly reduced inflammation. The authors suggest improving the Dietary Guidelines to focus more on plant-based diet quality, encouraging anti-inflammatory foods, and reducing pro-inflammatory foods.


Wang YB, Page AJ, Gill TK, et al. The association between diet quality, plant-based diets, systemic inflammation, and mortality risk: findings from NHANES. Eur J Nutr. 2023. doi:10.1007/s00394-023-03191-z

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