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Going green: Merits of plant-based diet

Does a plant-based diet have any benefits?

In Summary
  • A plant-based diet is a diet that primarily consists of foods that come from plants such as fruits.
Coleslaw salad on a plate
Coleslaw salad on a plate
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A plant-based diet is a diet that primarily consists of foods that come from plants such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

It may also include some animal products in small amounts, or exclude them entirely.

There has been a significant rise in the number of people adopting a plant-based diet in recent years.

This trend is driven by a variety of factors, including concerns about health, animal welfare, and the environmental impact of animal agriculture.

Depending on the extent of one's dietary restrictions when it comes to a plant-based diet, one can either be vegan or vegetarian.

A vegan diet entails avoidance of using any animal products or by-products, including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey among others.

However, there are many variations to this – some people following a vegetarian diet may eat eggs and dairy foods, while others may avoid one or both.

Does a plant-based diet have any benefits compared to a diet that incorporates meats? Let's explore

Plant-based diets tend to be higher in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, and cancer.

This diet is typically lower in calories and higher in fiber than diets that include animal products. This can help with weight management and reduce the risk of obesity.

A plant-based diet is typically high in fiber, which can promote digestive health and reduce the risk of conditions like constipation.

Plant-based diets have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease due to their low levels of saturated and trans fats.

Robert Amani a vegetarian for 3 years says“I feel light and healthy, this diet has really worked for me. I always make sure to get all the necessary nutrients my body needs by trying different cooking recipes, overall it has worked for me.”

In conclusion, a plant-based diet can offer numerous health benefits, consider consulting a registered dietitian or healthcare professional to help you plan a well-balanced plant-based diet that meets your nutritional needs.

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