Fresh vegetables and fish are emphasized on the Best Bet Diet.
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The BBD diet, which is short for the Best Bet Diet, is not a weight management plan, but an eating program designed to help treat and manage multiple sclerosis. In many aspects, the plan resembles the Paleo Diet since it emphasizes eating animal proteins and vegetables. According to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, some multiple sclerosis patients say the diet helps control their symptoms, while others report no benefit. If you have multiple sclerosis, do not begin following the BBD diet until you've discussed its possible advantages and disadvantages with your doctor.
The Best Bet Diet was developed in the late 1990s by Ashton Embry, Ph.D. In 1995, Embry's son was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and in 1998 Embry joined with other families who had been affected by the disease to form the non-profit charity, DIRECT-MS, or Diet Research into the Cause and Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Research led by Embry suggests that multiple sclerosis is caused by food proteins that leak out of the intestinal tract into the bloodstream and thus stimulate an immune system response. Embry based the BBD diet on foods he believed would prevent this from happening.
The Best Bet Diet instructs followers to focus their meals primarily on fresh fruits and vegetables, game meats, fish such as mackerel or salmon and skinless chicken breast. Extra-virgin olive oil is recommended as a source of fat and lean cuts of beef are allowed once a week. If desired, products prepared from gluten-free grains such as rice or quinoa can also be eaten in moderation. Wine is allowed occasionally. BBD Diet followers are also told to take a large number of dietary supplements, including grape seed extract, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin D-3, acidophilus, ginkgo biloba, zinc and salmon oil.
To adhere to the Best Bet Diet guidelines, you'll need to completely eliminate from your diet all dairy products prepared from cow's milk, for example, cheese or yogurt; beans and legumes, including all soy products and peanuts; sugar-rich foods; beverages such as beer and soda; and grains that contain gluten, such as wheat, barley or rye. You should also strictly limit your intake of margarine and any oils other than olive oil. Also, eliminate any other foods that cause a reaction.
Regularly eating foods suggested on the Best Bet Diet is linked to a decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. However, the Multiple Sclerosis Trust cautions that there isn't any research proving that following the diet has a direct effect on multiple sclerosis. The Mayo Clinic adds that scientists still aren't certain what causes the disease. Because the diet eliminates whole groups of foods, people on it may be more likely to become deficient in essential nutrients. In addition, the large number of supplements required on the plan may be prohibitively expensive for some.