why we should eat more plants

Why we should eat more plants

If you are considering a plant-based diet but don’t know where to start, here are some simple points to help guide you…

It is great for your health and weight.

Plants have:

  • no cholesterol
  • are high in fibre
  • are low in fat
  • low in calories
  • have protein

Can help prevent and reverse chronic disease.

There is some evidence that suggests a plant-based diet can help prevent and even reverse some major diseases such as colon cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, to name a few.

You feel great and have more energy.

When eating a plant-based diet you begin to notice that the body becomes healthier, stronger, and you can fight off minor and major illnesses. It helps to boost your immune system and gives you more energy after a meal instead of feeling like you need to take an afternoon snooze.

Studies have shown it can help you live longer.

Eating plant-based foods means more:

  • antioxidants
  • nutrients
  • vitamins
  • minerals

Plants have less damaging fats and more fibre.

It can help with better vascular and digestive health.

A plant-based diet is also known as a cleansing diet. Your body will use what it needs and expel what it doesn’t need. The high fibre and low fat helps towards vascular disease and studies in parts of the world have shown that where people eat a plant-based diet such as rural China and Central Africa, heart disease is less common as well as colon cancer.

It can help reduce cholesterol.

High cholesterol causes a higher risk of:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • stroke
  • peripheral vascular disease

Cholesterol is found naturally in animal based products. Plants have no cholesterol. If you want to lower your cholesterol try stepping away from animal foods and eat plants! Why not start by eating oatmeal for breakfast with fruit?

It can help reduce blood sugar.

The natural sugar found in plants metabolize more slowly by the body so you don’t get sugar spikes in the same way you would if you eat refined sugars found in processed foods and sugar cane. In certain cases it has also helped some people reverse their type II diabetes.

It is kind to animals.

Animals have the same kind of central nervous system as we do. We can get all our nutritional needs except for vitamin B 12 from plants without having to live off a meat based diet. Plant protein is low in fat and high in fibre, therefore a healthier protein than animal protein.

It helps to reduce pollution and climate change.

Less meat means less carbon emissions for the  planet.  Eating more plants is the way to best to reduce climate change.

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