Needless to say that there is a lot of evidence which shows that including more fruits and vegetables into your diet has many long term health benefits for individuals. This means eating a primarily plant-based diet in which consumption of animal based products is drastically reduced or completely eliminated.
In addition, people who follow this way of eating report an overall higher sense of well being, including better health and improved mood. When the diet is not restrictive but varied enough, these people do not suffer from either protein shortages or calcium deficiencies since these nutrients as well as any others can easily be supplemented by foods on a plant-based diet.
Lower Blood Pressure: Individuals following a plant-based diet naturally have reduced blood pressure readings because they enjoy a greater number of potassium rich foods. Potassium is a nutrient that naturally assists in regulating blood pressure and is readily found in legumes, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a number of fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, meat and other animal products have no or very little supplies of potassium and are known contributors to raising blood pressure levels.
Lower Cholesterol: The other big concern for people following a diet with animal products is higher cholesterol levels. Most animal products have high concentrations of cholesterol and damaging fat in them and are acid forming in the body. Plants, however, do not have any cholesterol, even the most saturated foods such as coconut oil have an alkalizing effect on the body. So, following a plant-based diet is one of the easiest means to regulate cholesterol levels. And don’t forget their fiber content, which naturally reduces bad cholesterol.
Improve Blood Sugar: Fiber is equally capable of regulating blood sugar as it is of lowering cholesterol. Eating fiber rich fruits and vegetables helps slow down the absorption of sugars in the body keeping levels regulated. It is believed that in case of non-insulin dependent diabetes, individuals can improve their condition by sticking with a diet that is low in fat and has plant-based foods which are high in fiber and complex carbohydrates.
Reduced Risk of Cancer: Many animal based foods and their products have been linked to different types of cancers, but plant-based foods are often recommended to lower this risk. Since a plant-based diet is naturally low in saturated fat, high in fiber and loaded with cancer protective antioxidants and phytochemicals, it can considered a good option to lower the risk of cancer.
Fewer Digestive Problems: You are also likely to experience better digestion, greater bowel regularity, and less constipation, bloating or diarrhea when following a plant-based diet.
Reduced Inflammation: Everyone agrees about the inflammation reducing benefits of a diet that is low in saturated fats and added sugars, and contains a high amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This closely resembles a plant-based diet. It is also believed that avoiding animal products can be beneficial to reducing a number of inflammatory diseases.
Better Weight Loss Management: A plant-based diet that contains whole foods, especially those that are lower in fat and processed sugars will help greatly with effective and long term weight loss. Since weight loss is greatly promoted when there is more fiber in the diet, plant-based foods are the way to go. In addition plant-based foods provide you with all the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep running the body effectively without the threat of any deficiencies occurring. And the fact that produce has way fewer calories than meat products also helps that cause.
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