December 14, 2018

Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

health benefits of eating plant-based foods

This runs a little conversely to another post that I wrote earlier today about malnutrition in a vegan diet, however, there are a number of benefits to going with a diet that revolves around plant-based foods.

So, take whichever side you want, as after this post I will have presented both sides. If you ask me, there is nothing wrong with going vegan and eating all plant-based. However, if you go that route, make sure you are taking proper supplementation (my favorite retailer for supplements is to ensure you are getting the recommended daily amount of certain essential vitamins and minerals that are lacking in these foods.

Health Benefits of Eating Plant-Based Foods

Aside from being better for the environment, not to mention avoiding animal cruelty that takes place on some farms that breed the various meats that we eat, there are a number of health benefits that make this diet a good option.

Less Obesity

A plant-based diet can be highly effective for weight loss. Because of the nutritional value of the foods in this diet, being lower in calories and higher in nutrients, exercise is not dependent on losing weight when you eat this way. On average, individuals lose around a pound of weight per week when going plant-based.

Also, with lower fat content in these foods, less of the food that you eat is being stored as fat. This often gets built up in troublesome areas like the waist, hips, and thighs.

Diabetes Management

It has been found that vegetarians and vegans have half the risk of developing diabetes than meat-eaters. This is because most plant-based foods contain nutrients that help regulate blood sugar, as well as improve insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Similar to a post I wrote about eating red meat and the risk of heart disease, it makes sense that going all-plant in your diet can lower your risk of cardiovascular issues and heart disease. These kinds of foods are also beneficial for cholesterol levels, lowering the amount of LDL (the bad cholesterol) and raising the level of HDL (the good cholesterol).

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Combat Hypertension

It was found that those who follow an all-plant diet have lower systolic blood pressure than those who are non-vegetarian. Part of this is because of the nutrients and antioxidants in the foods of this diet. Another part is because of its benefits towards weight management. When you are overweight, it puts undue stress on your heart to pump blood to a greater mass. This leads to higher blood pressure.

Longer Life

With a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and other health issues, it makes sense that going to a plant-based diet can add some longevity to your life expectancy. One study found that vegetarians had a 30 percent lower heart disease mortality rate than nonvegetarians.

Should You Go Plant-Based?

There is no doubt that going with an all-plant diet like vegan has a huge impact on our ecosystem as well as your health. If you can give up meat forever, there are tremendous benefits in store. Just remember to supplement to get the nutrients you need!

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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