A plant-based diet is healthy for so many reasons. I have chosen 5 reasons to explain why it’s worth to consider a plant-based diet.
1) Low in saturated fat
Saturated fat primarily comes from animal products. It’s associated with obesity, type-2 diabetes and heart disease. Even though some studies indicate that saturated fat wasn’t as bad as we originally thought, it’s still recommended to keep the intake low. Every time you replace meat with vegetables or legumes, you decrease your intake of calories and saturated fat. You also increase your intake of dietary fiber.
2) High in fiber:
Plants are the only source to dietary fiber, and it is important to our digestive health that we eat them. Dietary fiber also makes sure that you feel full and satisfied after a meal.
Every time you eat wholegrain, fruits, vegetables and legumes instead of meat, eggs and diary you increase your intake of dietary fiber and because they are so satisfying, you get to feel full before you have eaten to many calories. Your body will thank you and reward you!
3) High in phytochemicals
Phytochemicals are plant components that are very health promoting for us as they protect our cells from damage. That means they have cancer preventing properties. Just like fibers, they can only be found plants like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and so on. Animals products are at best neutral to your health, as they have no preventing properties. Some animal products like cold cuts, bacon and sausage has even been declared cancer promoting by WHO.
Every time you eat a plant-based meal instead of a meat-based meal, you increase your intake of phytochemicals.
4) Improves blood sugar levels
As I mentioned before, plants are high in fiber. It’s a known fact that fiber improve the blood sugar. Studies have shown that a low-fat plant-based diet will improve the long-term blood sugar in people with type-2 diabetes more efficiently than a traditional recommended diabetes diet.
5) Lowers the cholesterol
Saturated fat increases the cholesterol levels in your body. When you lower your intake of saturated fat as you do in a plant-based diet, your cholesterol will lower as well, completely without using any medications.