THE ACADEMY OF NUTRITION & DIETETICS, 2016
"Appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate,
and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets
are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood,
adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27886704


HARVARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
"A shift to a dietary pattern higher in healthful plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in animal-based foods, especially red and processed meats, can confer substantial health benefits in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes [and other chronic illnesses].”
hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/plant-based-diet-reduced-diabetes-risk-hu-satija

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
"Vegetarian diets have been associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality by as much
as 29 percent and cancer incidence by 18 percent. The health benefits of specific components of plants
have been documented, as have the harms associated with constituents largely unique to meat.”
med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2016/07/5-questions-randall-stafford-advocates-a-plant-based-diet.html

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
"The amount of protein from plant-sources, such as legumes, seeds, and grains, is closely on par with
animal-sourced proteins, plus [plant-foods are] full of other healthful nutrients including fiber, sterols,
stanols, vitamins and minerals."
https://www.sustain.ucla.edu/our-initiatives/food-systems/the-case-for-plant-based

NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION
“When vegan diets are directly compared to vegetarian and omnivorous diets, a pattern of protective health benefits emerges. Reduced levels of inflammation may be the key feature linking the vegan guy microbiota
with protective health effects.”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4245565

DR. KIM WILLIAMS, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY
"There are two kinds of cardiologists: vegans and those who haven’t read the data."
46-minute mark: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4TMsRKOe8Q

Experts Support Plant-Based Nutrition

Planting a Seed: Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals
American College of Cardiology
Accessed Online, November 20, 2018


"Many nutrition plans have been developed to improve cardiovascular health and reduce risk factors. What they have in common is an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes, reduced consumption of animal fats, and moderation in sodium intake. Observational and intervention studies have shown that, to the extent that plant-based foods play a bigger role in the diets of populations and individuals, health benefits follow."

www.acc.org/membership/sections-and-councils/prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-section/about-us/section-sub-groups/features/hospital-food-program