Whole foods plant-based diet

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A whole foods plant-based diet (WFPB) involves avoiding all processed foods, all refined foods, meat, dairy, eggs, added sugars or oils, and eating wholefoods, including fruit and vegetables, and a limited amount of nuts and seeds instead.[1] It is often followed for health reasons.[1]

A whole foods plant-based diet is similar to a vegan diet but allows honey (an animal product) and does not allow any refined foods; foods must be unprocessed or minimally processed, for example tofu.[1]

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A whole foods plant-based diet does not require any particular foods or products and can be followed by people in any part of the world.

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Dr. Georgia Ede, a board-certified psychiatrist in Massachusetts who has had chronic fatigue syndrome,[2] is critical of whole foods plant-based diets, particularly as regards impact on the brain and myelin.[3][4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "What Is a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet? - Center for Nutrition Studies". Center for Nutrition Studies. August 8, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  2. "About Dr. Ede". Diagnosis:Diet. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  3. Ede, Georgia. "The Brain Needs Animal Fat". Psychology Today. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  4. "Your Brain on Plants: The Ultimate Guide to Micronutrients and Mental Health". Diagnosis:Diet. September 5, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2019.