Four Reasons to Embrace a Plant-Based Diet
The remarkable and healthy benefits of plant-based diet to the human body
Giving Up on Meat?
There are so many healthy eating trends these days. From the Paleo and gluten-free diet to clean-eating and vegetarianism, the list goes on. However, two of the most popular these days are often mistaken as one healthy eating style—vegetarian and plant-based diet.
Vegan diet is an eating style that is known to exclude animal products including meat, dairy, and more. While the newer plant-based diet is defined for what is included—eating lots of plant foods (fruits, beans, whole grains, vegetables, nuts, and seeds), but it does not mean that a practitioner avoids eating meats and other animal products.
Why Consider It?
For most people, a life without steak, fried chicken, roast beef, steamed salmon, and other meats is appealing and appetizing. It is an extreme lifestyle change that most people cannot pursue. Luckily, this type of healthy-eating does not force practitioners to make that choice.
Studies show people who make plant foods the base of their daily diet and keep meat, dairy, and fish to a minimum are healthier than those who do the other way around. There are many health benefits of eating a plant-based diet. Here are some of them:
- It will do wonder for one’s health.
Having a low-fat, plant-based diet and some healthy lifestyle changes will help improve a person’s health, such as decreasing the chances of heart diseases and diabetes.
- Aids in losing weight.
Plants and veggies are high in fiber and low in calories. Compared to fatty, processed, and sweet foods, plants and veggies will help one cut some unwanted weight. Also, veggies and fruits will make a person feel full and not bloated.
- Easier on the pocket.
Another plant-based diet benefit that all people will love is that it can help a person save money on food. A Big Mac is way more expensive than an apple and a banana. Given that it takes more time to prepare a lentil soup than grilling pork, one can always make a large pot of the soup and serve it for the next few days.
- Friendly to the animals.
It is a common knowledge that most (not all) processed meats came from animals that were raised in horrific conditions. By lessening the consumption of these products, businesses that practice animal husbandry will be forced to examine their practices and hopefully improve them.
Switching to “less meat and more plants” kind of diet will do wonders for a person’s life. This lifestyle change could be difficult though; hence commitment is key.
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