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By Caroline Cunningham
WASHINGTON, DC. - Though Dr. Neal Barnard, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been pro-plant based diets for years, with his latest book, he’s officially declaring war on cheese.
As someone who can’t imagine a world without pizza, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese—I could go on—Barnard’s latest book, The Cheese Trap, out today, is kind of crushing my soul. Nevertheless, the book is full of reasons to pass on the salty, addictive food, something that Barnard started investigating after working on a NIH-funded study comparing vegan and non-vegan diets for diabetics.
“The vegan diet won hands down, finding better weight loss, blood sugar control, and everything else. But despite these benefits, several of our participants told me that the one food they really missed was cheese… Cheese was the food they craved, and some described it almost like an addiction,” says Barnard.