Last updated on: 8/1/2011 | Author:

Susan Levin, MS, RD Biography

Director of Nutrition Education at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Pro to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"

“Conclusive scientific evidence supports a low-fat, plant-based diet for optimal health. Peer-reviewed studies find that people who avoid meat cut their risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease – the number one cause of death in America. Researchers have found that low-fat, plant-based diets can even help reverse type 2 diabetes and heart disease after these diseases have already set in.

This is not new information, but the federal government has been extremely slow to accept that plant-based diets are the healthiest choice for Americans. Food industry interests have often gotten in the way of current evidence on nutrition and health…

But the bright spot is hard to miss: The new guidelines [2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the USDA] devote two full pages to vegetarian and vegan diets and the health benefits of following these eating patterns. They point out that these diets provide nutritional advantages and reduce obesity, heart disease, and overall mortality.”

“New Dietary Guidelines Could Save Lives,” Denver Post, Feb. 6, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Nutrition Education, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Former clinical worker, Swedish Medical Center
  • Former counselor for diabetic patients, Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Former English teacher, Peking University Health Science Center (Beijing, China)
  • Recipient, Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship, Hunter College
  • RD, Bastyr University (Seattle, WA)
  • MS, Nutrition, Bastyr University, 2003
  • BA, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • She is an avid long-distance runner