Plant based diets are gaining popularity. Why do people choose to give up meat and dairy completely?
1. Better Nutrition
We receive most of our nutrients from fruits and vegetables. They’re rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and especially fiber. Studies have shown that people get better overall nutrition after they switch to a plant based diet.
2. Weight Loss & Maintenance
This is probably one of the top reasons why people switch to plant based diets! Besides helping them with weight loss, this diet also allows many to maintain their body weight.
3. Healthier Hearts & Skin
Having a vegetarian diet helps lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases and decreases the risk of most heart diseases as well. It helps to lower your blood pressure, cholesterol and improve your blood sugar control overall.
Plants do not contain cholesterol at all, not even in saturated sources like coconut. This makes a vegan diet lower your risk of heart diseases. Many people on a plant based diet also report healthier and more radiant complexion and skin as most plants contain free radicals for glowing skin.
4. Lower Risk of Diabetes
Besides assisting with weight loss, plant based diets also lower the risk of diabetes. Studies have shown that meat eaters have double the risk of diabetes compared to vegans. People who were on plant based diets had a higher level of insulin sensitivity which helped immensely when maintaining a healthy blood sugar level.
When you eat only plants, you ingest more fiber. This allows for a more gradual absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, which in turn helps to maintain a healthy blood sugar level and gives you a feeling of satiety.
5. Reduces Risk of Cancer
It is also proven that a diet with plentiful of fruits, veggies and grains decreases the risk of cancer, while eating red and processed meats increases the risk of cancer. Besides, there are certain disease-fighting phytochemicals in plants that have been shown to prevent cancer.
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