This is my mood when I see more and more people transitioning to a plant based diet.
By now it’s becoming widely known and accepted that eating a plant-based diet is beneficial for both your health and the environment.
The term plant-based means that your diet is either all plant sourced, or primarily plant sourced with few or no animal products.
I understand that we are bio-individual beings and thrive on different diets, but I also believe that our diets should consist of primarily organic, whole plant food. Not just for our well-being, but for the sake of our planet as well.
Here are some of my favorite studies supporting plant-based nutrition for health:
1. The 2019 US guidelines on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease now SPECIFICALLY recommends a plant-based diet. A plant-based diet can reduce risk factors including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Not only can a plant-based diet prevent CVD, it can reverse it.
2. Those following a plant-based diet have the lowest cholesterol level of any diet pattern. According to this study, each additional 300 mg of dietary cholesterol consumed per day was significantly associated with a 17% higher risk of CVD and 18% higher risk of all-cause mortality. Each additional half an egg consumed per day was significantly associated with a 6% higher risk of CVD and 8% higher risk of all cause-mortality. This is because of the cholesterol in eggs.
3. Eating a plant-based diet rich in healthy plant food is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes. According to researchers this is because a plant-based diet rich in healthy plant food improves insulin sensitivity and blood pressure, reduces weight gain, and alleviates systemic inflammation.
4. And my favorite, it’s the best diet for human and planetary health. Plant based diets have the lowest impact on the environment and encourage good health in humans.
This information is from Plant Based Health Professionals.