The benefits of a plant based diet are numerous. I’m going to break down the benefits into 1. Health related 2. Environmental, and 3. Animal
This topic affects everyone, including you. Learning from this video should get you on a journey to better health and longer living.
The health benefits of a plant based diet are numerous and extremely important. Many of our current diseases could be lessened or even eradicated with a plant based diet. Now By plant based, I mean non-processed or mildly processed only. So loading up on whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and healthy oils instead of processed plant foods such as refined grains and sugary beverages. The health benefits include;
Decreased blood pressure and Heart
Eating a plant based diet decreases your blood pressure. High blood pressure or hypertension increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Eating a plant based diet lowers your risk for each of these deadly diseases.
A plant based diet keeps your heart healthy. Studies have shown that eating a plant based diet decreased mortality from heart disease by 31%.
Eating a plant based diet increases fiber consumption which helps your gut absorb nutrients. It also protects your bowels from developing a common condition known as diverticulitis, which can cause people severe pain and the need for surgery.
Eating a plant based diet helps your immunity and is anti inflammatory. The good bacteria that a plant-based diet promotes in your gut enhances immunity tremendously. The phytochemicals and antioxidants in plants also help your immunity and are strongly anti inflammatory. The photochemicals are what give fruits and vegetables their bright colors. So remember, eat the rainbow!!
Eating a plant based diet helps prevent type 2 diabetes. This happens through increased fiber in plants, lower saturated fats, and more complex carbohydrates. This leads to less insulin resistance and less diabetes.
Eating a plant based diet should help you lose weight. Counting calories is usually not necessary when you eat non processed plants. Studies have shown repeatedly that plant based eaters are thinner.
Eating a plant based diet decreases cancer risk. This is through the increased fiber and phytochemicals in plants. Many of these chemicals are antioxidants or free radical scavengers, which helps protect against cancer.
A plant based diet should improve your cholesterol. Plants have very little to no saturated fat which contributes to LDL or bad cholesterol. High cholesterol can lead to strokes, heart disease, and heart attacks. Eating a plant based diet can lower your cholesterol up to 25%.
Eating a plant based diet can decrease your risk of stroke- for all the reasons mentioned above.
A plant based diet may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. The polyphenols in plants help protect your brain.
Eating a plant based diet should help you live longer. One of the major potential benefits of eating a plant based diet is living longer. This is basically because you’ve lessened all these diseases I have just mentioned.
As you can see, there are a multitude of benefits of a plant based diet on your health.
Now, let’s talk about environmental benefits.
Year after year the Amazon rainforest is cut down to accommodate agricultural expansion, mainly from meat and dairy production.
Eating plant based will save countless animals from execution. Our oceans are already over fished.
Without eating meat, can I get enough protein in my diet?
YES!! There are many sources of protein, such as legumes, where you can get more than enough protein in your diet.
Is there any drawback to eating a plant based diet?
The only drawback in my opinion is that it is hard to get enough vitamin B 12, so I recommend you supplement.
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