In recent years, the awareness and general buzz about plant-based diets have gained a lot of momentum. While the idea of shifting to this style of eating may seem odd or even unrealistic to some, the reasons behind it back up the claim that this is no fad.
People of all ages – including those in an assisted living community – have been making the change and enjoying the results. Here are some important reasons why considering a plant-based diet may be a healthy and beneficial choice.
- It aids in weight loss.
It’s no secret that food directly affects our health in many ways. A popular saying among weightlifters is that “weight is gained or lost in the kitchen, not the gym.” That adage holds true when it comes to the benefits of plant-based diet routines for losing weight. Studies have shown that dieters on a vegan plan lost more weight than those not. As an aside, other studies showed that those on a vegan diet managed to lose weight even while eating a lot of carbs.
- It can decrease the risk of diabetes
Foods that are rich in whole grains and nutrients from various vegetables are linked directly to lowering the risk of type-2 diabetes. Research has supported this, and noted that significant changes in diets, such as switching to plant-based, can have this positive effect.
- Plant-based diets can help defend against cancer
Studies from the National Cancer Institute have indicated that because these types of foods are rich in flavonoid compounds, they may lower the risk of prostate cancer. Additionally, because plant-based foods contain phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), the effect of this compound may slow the progression of breast cancer.
These are just a few key reasons to think about this dietary change. Other factors such as increasing your overall nutrition and having creative fun with your cooking can be persuasive as well. While moving away from an animal-based diet to strictly plant-based may be a challenge, the potential benefits for your overall health are worth considering.
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