Whether you're looking to incorporate more plant-based foods like fruits, veggies, wholegrains, nuts and legumes into your current eating habits, are interested in adding plant-based supplements to boost your health and energy, or considering a complete dietary overhaul, the advantages of a plant-based diet are abundant and there are plenty of studies to prove it! (Read on to find out more).
In this blog, we’re delving into 8 benefits of following a plant-based lifestyle and offering expert tips and advice on how to smoothly transition to a diet rich in plant goodness.
Here are 8 benefits of following a plant-based lifestyle
1 It promotes a healthy heart
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as part of a healthy diet, plants (like fruits and veggies) are very low in saturated fat and free of cholesterol. They’re also rich in soluble fibre, which helps to lower cholesterol naturally. Soluble fibre slows the absorption of cholesterol and reduces the amount of cholesterol that the liver produces.
It’s also been shown that a plant-based diet can actively reduce the risk of heart disease in most people, but particularly those who regularly eat meat.
2 It supports weight management
Embracing a plant-based diet can be a friendly ally in weight management, thanks to its naturally lower calorie and saturated fat content. For the best results, team it up with whole, minimally processed foods for a balanced, wholesome approach that’ll help you sustain a healthy weight long-term.
As world-renowned American tennis player, Venus Williams says, "I think that a plant-based diet is fantastic because it's been proven that it's great for long-term health. So, I'm looking forward to enjoying that."
3 It’s packed with the nutrients you need
Studies have shown that most plants we eat are packed with a wealth of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and polyphenols that actively support a robust immune system and contribute to overall health and well-being.
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4 It improves overall digestion
Packed with fibre from fruits, veggies, and wholegrains, eating more plants helps to create a happy, healthy gut environment. The high fibre content in most plants works wonders in preventing constipation, ensuring smooth and regular bowel movements, all while contributing to your overall digestive well-being.
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5 It guards against cancer
According to recent statistics, in the year 2020, Africa had over 1.1 million new cancer cases, with breast cancer ranking as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, followed by cervical cancer.
Research shows that embracing a plant-based diet, rich in antioxidants and fibre, has been associated with a reduced risk of developing certain types of cancer, offering a proactive approach to supporting overall health and well-being.
6 It defends against diabetes
As per a recent study featured in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, the global rise in type 2 diabetes, particularly among older adults, has heightened the importance of effective prevention and management strategies.
Plant-based diets, which prioritise legumes, wholegrains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds while limiting or excluding most animal products, emerge as promising tools in combating type 2 diabetes. Cohort studies consistently affirm the significant role of plant-based diets and their constituent food and nutrient components in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
7 It helps to balance the immune system
A plant-based diet offers a nutrient-rich foundation, delivering vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that strengthen the immune system. Phytonutrients in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains support immune function, enhancing the body's defence against infections.
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8 It naturally boosts energy
Whether you’re an athlete, working parent, business professional or student – we’re pretty sure you like the idea of increasing your energy levels naturally. Well, the truth is that eating plant-based foods boosts your energy because they contain complex carbohydrates and essential nutrients that provide steady and efficient fuel for your body. By avoiding processed foods and getting plenty of vitamins and minerals from plants, you support better metabolism and overall vitality.
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Tips for a seamless transition
Begin by incorporating one or two plant-based meals into your weekly routine like a fresh pesto pasta with beans or a large salad packed with vegetables and healthy fats like nuts or seeds and avocado. This gradual approach allows you to explore new flavours without feeling overwhelmed.
Experiment with meat alternatives
Explore the growing variety of plant-based meat alternatives available in stores. From burgers and sausages to meatballs, these alternatives can make the transition seamless while satisfying your cravings. However, it’s important to read food labels and choose wisely. Some overly processed meat alternatives are packed with salt and saturated fats.
Embrace whole foods
Focus on whole, unprocessed plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts, and legumes. These nutrient-dense choices form the foundation of a balanced and satisfying plant-based diet.
Learn about the nutritional components of plant-based foods to ensure you're meeting your dietary needs. Understanding the benefits and variety of plant-based options empowers you to make informed choices.
Embarking on a plant-based journey, even if just for Veganuary, is an exciting exploration of flavours, textures, and a lifestyle that harmonises with your health and values. So, let's dive into a month of delicious plant-powered goodness that benefits not only ourselves but also the world we live in.
Embarking on a plant-based journey, whether it's just for Veganuary or beyond, is like stepping into a world of exciting flavours and textures that align with your health goals whilst being kinder to the planet too.
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