Can you explain to me, specifically, where their emphasis is different, if it is, specifically which foods are considered plant based and which are considered starch based. I am at a loss to see the diff. Thanks, Diane
It seems to me that the Esselstyn book is mostly the story of his successful heart disease reversal study, along with presenting a diet that will prevent heart disease.
The diet section does list what to eat - like vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fruit. Of course, what to avoid (and why). Ann Esslestyn adds advice and many recipes. For me, it was a great motivator that started me down this path. I think that Esselstyn's "plant-based. oil-free, whole grain diet with leafy vegetables" diet isn't far removed from the McDougalls'.
From the Esselstyn's we only have the one book (so far). Dr. McDougall has many books, DVDs, newsletters and the rest of these online resources. I think that allows the McDougall to go into much greater detail on what works, with explanations of the hows and whys.
My take on this is that they are coaching from the same playbook.
That pretty much summarizes our experience. We were first motivated by the CNN documentary featuring former president Clinton:
and then Dr Esselstyn's book. After 3 weeks on Dr E's diet, we learned about Dr McDougall and ordered his Healthy Heart book. We switched over primarily due to the clear and easy to understand manner in which information is presented in addition to all the support offered by this forum. As mentioned elsewhere, the diets are almost the same, but with different emphasis.
I would like something clarified with respect to a starch-based diet (as recommended by Dr McDougall) vs a plant-based, whole food diet (as recommended by Dr Esselstyn). What are some of the negatives of the latter diet (ie, without the emphasis on starches as the center of each meal)?