Actress: Improved diets would make Congress more rational

Actress Marilu Henner says Congress would act more rationally if lawmakers kept better diets.

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“[If members were healthier], I think they’d be more balanced. I think they’d be able to express themselves more clearly ... they’d probably have fewer sick days, [and] more concern about the health of the country,” Henner told ITK.

The New York Times best-selling author of nine books on health, memory, parenting and lifestyle improvement advised members to take up a “plant-based” diet.

“I would say [to lawmakers], learn to love the food that loves you. If that steak is going to make you feel bad, stop eating it,” added Henner, who is on Capitol Hill this week to testify on dietary guidelines.

Henner, 61, joined fellow health and nutrition experts Dr. Neal Barnard, Kathy Freston and documentary filmmaker James Costa for a discussion panel and lunch on Wednesday. The lunch featured raw vegan tacos from Ape Man Foods and vegan cupcakes from Sticky Fingers.