Did you know that YOU —more than you’ve ever realized — have the power to protect your health and prevent disease IF you are willing to learn about and embrace a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet.
Learning the truth about nutrition is empowering!
It enables us to make wise choices for ourselves and our families, positively impacting health right now and for the rest of our lives. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your body will respond when you put only the best “fuel in your tank”!
The benefits of plant-based nutrition are indisputable. If you’re ready to find out why a whole food plant based diet is a life-changing, health-promoting, disease-fighting lifestyle, read on…….
Plant based diets have exploded in popularity and the many advantages have been well documented over the past several decades. Here are some of the benefits associated with a whole food plant based diet;
Enables healthy weight loss
Lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar
Reversal or prevention of heart disease
Lower risk of developing chronic diseases
Improves mood and mental clarity
I’m not surprised if you are wondering at this point ‘how could a plant based diet do all that’! So let’s explore the top 8 reasons why eating plants is good for you.
Reason #1: Plants are loaded with Fibre
Fibre is found exclusively in plant foods — animal foods are completely void of fibre. Fibre is associated with lower rates of cancer and other chronic diseases, and it facilitates weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
Reason #2: Plants are packed with Phytonutrients and Antioxidants
Antioxidants and phytonutrients are abundant in plant foods and like fibre these nutrients are only found in plants. Phytonutrients play an essential role in promoting health and fighting disease. Antioxidants are critical to neutralizing free radicals that cause aging and chronic disease and also play a role in reducing inflammation in the body.
Reason #3: Plants are high in Vitamins & Minerals
Eating plants will give you all the vitamins and minerals you need. There are only 2 exceptions to this;
Vitamin D: If you rarely get sunshine exposure, especially during the winter months then you may need to consider taking vitamin D supplements. This vitamin is essential for healthy bones and teeth.
Vitamin B12: B12 is the only nutrient that cannot be adequately obtained from a whole food, plant-based diet. This is not because animal products are the sole providers of B12. Vitamin B12 is not made by plants or animals, it is made by bacteria. Animals eat B12-containing bacteria via dirt and water, which then accumulates in their tissues and is passed on to humans who eat animal products. Because of our diligent sanitation efforts, humans rarely have the opportunity to consume B12-containing bacteria. Therefore, the healthiest and most reliable way to ensure adequate B12 consumption is to take a B12 supplement.
Reason #4: Plants are full of Water
Plant foods are rich in water. Water hydrates the body, and the hydration of the body’s cells is crucial to proper immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, neural, gastrointestinal, muscle and skeletal function. Most processed and animal based foods are void of water.
Reason #5: Plants (most) do not contain Saturated Fats
Saturated fats are a group of fatty acids found primarily in animal products (but also in the plant kingdom—mostly in tropical oils, such as coconut and palm). Saturated fats are well established in the literature as promoting cardiovascular disease. All meats, dairy and eggs are high in saturated fat.
Reason #6: Plants do not contain Dietary Cholesterol
The human body produces enough of its own cholesterol for adequate functioning. A high intake of dietary cholesterol is associated with the promotion of cardiovascular disease. Dietary cholesterol is found almost exclusively in animal products.
Reason #7: Plants are not fed Antibiotics
The vast majority (70% to 80%) of antibiotics used are given to healthy livestock animals to avoid infections inherent in the types of environments in which they are kept. This is, therefore, the number one contributor to the increasingly virulent antibiotic-resistant infections. Because when you consume these animals you are effectively consuming the antibiotics they have been fed.
Reason #8: Plants do not contain Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1
Insulin-like growth factor-1 is a hormone naturally found in animals, including humans. This hormone promotes growth. When insulin-like growth factor-1 is consumed, not only is the added dose itself taken in, but it also stimulates the body’s production of insulin-like growth factor-1. Encouraging growth as a full-grown adult can promote cancer proliferation.
A Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet is the Key to Optimum Health!
Eating a healthy, balanced plant based diet doesn’t need to be complex. Emphasis is often wrongly placed on dietary recommendations based on individual nutrients. This has led to an unhealthy obsession with protein and huge misconceptions surrounding carbohydrates.
In the words of T. Colin Campbell author of The China Study “Don’t sweat the numbers”. If you eat a balanced variety of whole, plant-based foods, you will be consuming all the carbohydrates, proteins and fats you need for optimal health. Find out what that looks like by downloading this cheat sheet, just click the button below.
Plant foods contain all nutrients (with the exception of B12 and vitamin D) in the healthiest ratio for your body. Instead of focusing on individual nutrients, a whole food, plant-based diet emphasizes the synergistic nutrient composition that’s optimal for human health.