The Kentucky State University College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems (CAFSSS) human nutrition researchers and extension specialists recently attended Remedy, a conference presenting scientific evidence that a whole foods, plant-based diet can prevent diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Dr. Milton Mills, M.D., with the Gilead Medical Group, spoke about how humans are physiologically like herbivores and not like carnivores or even omnivores, and are adapted to eating plant-based diets to maintain optimum health. KSU’s CAFSSS is exploring introducing this healthful diet to Kentucky State students to promote a healthy lifestyle that prevents heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

“As interim assistant research director for CAFSSS, I wanted to bring our human nutrition researchers and extension specialists to a good source of research-based information on how a whole foods, plant-based diet can maintain health in people and prevent common diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer,” Robert Durborow, Ph.D., said. “The Remedy conference did a good job presenting this concept and added another dimension of how to prepare plant-based meals. I am hoping that our faculty can spread this information to our student population here at Kentucky State.”

Attendees included Nilima Mishra, extension associate in human nutrition, Shreya Patel, research associate in human nutrition, Changzhang Wang, Ph.D., associate professor in human nutrition, Robert Durborow, Ph.D., interim assistant research director, Avinash Topé, Ph.D., assistant professor in food science, Milton Mills, M.D., Gilead Medical Group (presenter at the conference), Meika Finger-Gray, graduate research assistant, and Turquoise Patterson, extension assistant in human nutrition.