Just before the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) annual meeting in 2003 I learned that my LDL cholesterol level was 170.
I thought I had a healthy diet -- no red meat, no fried foods, little dairy, just chicken breast and fish. But a simple Web search informed me that my chicken-breast meals had more cholesterol content (84 mg/100 g) than pork (62 mg/100 g). So I changed that day to a cholesterol-free diet, using "meat substitutes" commonly available in stores and restaurants for protein. Within 6 weeks my LDL cholesterol level was down to 90. Source
-- Dr. Kim A. Williams, MD
Now he recommends the diet to his patients and offer advice on how to replace meat, dairy, and eggs in their diets. He hopes that the vegan diet will gain wider acceptance as a treatment and prevention method for people at risk for cardiovascular diseases even though the American Heart Association still has not formally recommended the diet to its members.
Dr. Williams finishes the article by saying:
Wouldn't it be a laudable goal of the American College of Cardiology to put ourselves out of business within a generation or two? We have come a long way in prevention of cardiovascular disease, but we still have a long way to go. Improving our lifestyles with improved diet and exercise will help us get there.