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Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

diet based diet includes vegetables, legumes, fruits, and whole grains, which is also low in fat and sugar, can lower blood sugar levels and often reduce or even eliminate the need for medication. Protective against cancer, plantbased diets are lower in fat and higher in fiber than meat-based diets.

Science today supports a low fat, plant based diet as both nutritionally adequate and as preventive. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) in the United States states that,  “vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

Hundreds of studies and papers support plant-based diets can aid in preventing and reversing lifestyle diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, preventing Alzheimer’s, kidney stones, some types of cancer (especially colon, prostate and breast cancer) to name a few.  Plant based diets are typically low in saturated fat as cholesterol is found only in meat, dairy and eggs, making it easy to eat cholesterol free.  Coconut oil is the exception as it is 87% saturated fat–therefore not good for you.   Plant foods are also high in fiber found in legumes, fruits and vegetables and it decreases the loss of calcium from the bones, helping prevent osteoporosis.

Lowering blood pressure is made easier as well on a plant based diet.  Decreasing sugar, fat and eliminating animal products combined with an exercise / daily walking program and plant based diet can increase your longevity, prevent and reverse chronic disease conditions and add to your overall health and well-being. Sign-up for a special event and join us on your journey towards living your best life!

 

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