Vegan diets linked to culturally relevant foodways are increasing in popularity among African Americans in the United States, according to a news report published in Circulation. New research, supported by community connections through local restaurants and churches, is investigating the health benefits of plant-based diets rooted in traditions from the African diaspora among Black Americans. The NEW Soul Study (Nutritious Eating With Soul Study) paired plant-based nutrition education with cooking instruction classes and food from a local soul food restaurant for participants. While the results are expected later this year, previous research shows plant-based diets improve cholesterol levels and weight and reduce the risk for hypertension and diabetes.
- Kuehn BM. Vegan diets that are culturally aligned with traditional soul food gain popularity among Black individuals. Circulation. 2021;144(5):393-394. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.121.056354
- Turner-McGrievy G, Wilcox S, Frongillo EA, et al. The Nutritious Eating with Soul (NEW Soul) Study: Study design and methods of a two-year randomized trial comparing culturally adapted soul food vegan vs. omnivorous diets among African American adults at risk for heart disease. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020;88:105897. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2019.105897