I see that there are many things in this article that the doctor's we all know and follow would probably have some issue with. I have found numerous things that are presently not considered nutrition issues with this WOE. To me I see the old guard of nutrition issues entering this article - which is unfortunate.
Mostly like some of you I found it distressing that the example in the early part of the diet is nothing like what works so well for us as McDougaller's. However, it worked well enough to encourage Kaiser to go this direction, can't complain about that! Furthermore, Dr. McDougall and Dr. Fuhrman - at an Advanced Study weekend - completely agreed that it's not the minutiae we should be concerned with it's getting folks to realize that plant-based will work in their lives and have good outcomes: this is the biggest hurdle of all - not nuts and seeds.
So this article ultimately is saying Kaiser should promote plant based. This is how they define plant based and it does say total fat is generally restricted.
Whole-foods, plant-based, low-fat:
Encourages plant foods in their whole form, especially vegetables, fruits, legumes, and seeds and nuts (in smaller amounts). For maximal health benefits this diet limits animal products. Total fat is generally restricted
Just like us - I think people who are really concerned about getting the best results to prevent or reverse disease will select the diet they get the best outcomes with. I am very encouraged to see that in the footnotes Dr. McDougall is cited and it's a recipe book! Not to mention the docs sited throughout are all one's we probably know and have learned something from, including Barnard later.
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So not perfect -- but I bet all our favorite doctors are going to be pretty happy to see this today!