The Ornish diet was invented by Dr. Dean Ornish, who was the first physician to demonstrate that heart disease can be reversed by natural methods, including specific dietary and lifestyle changes.

It is based on eating foods that are high in fiber and low in fat. Research has shown that saturated fat may be one of the primary contributors to heart disease.

Characteristics of the diet

  • All foods containing cholesterol and saturated fats are prohibited from the diet.
  • The level of fat in the diet is reduced to only 10% of the total calories. This level is much lower than the diet recommended by the American Heart Association, which recommends up to 30% of calories from fat.
  • The Ornish diet is vegetarian diet. All meats are eliminated from the diet.
  • Egg whites and nonfat dairy products are permitted.
  • The Ornish diet is 10% fat, 20% protein, and 70% carbohydrates.
  • The Ornish diet consists mainly of complex carbohydrates. These are present in fruits, vegetables, grains and beans.
  • The Ornish diet restricts but does not eliminate simple carbohydrates such as sugar, honey, and alcohol. They contain lots of calories but little fiber or nutrients.
  • The Ornish diet emphasizes high-fiber foods, which includes most complex carbohydrates. High-fiber diets have been shown to reduce cholesterol and have other beneficial effects.
  • Egg whites are another source of protein on the Ornish diet.
  • Eat small meals throughout the day rather than eating three big meals.

The only foods that you can have in abundance are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and legumes.

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