There are many reasons why people are taking control of their health with a plant-based diet. If you know my backstory (if not, check out my TED talk), I chose this lifestyle to enhance my health and performance. You should have seen me when I was an active duty Marine training to become an officer… My performance was off the charts! Anyway, back to the topic. One of the main benefits that sold me on this idea was the prevention of chronic disease. A plant-based diet can offer several health benefits for the prevention of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Here are some of the key ways in which a plant-based diet can help:
- Lower risk of heart disease: Plant-based diets are naturally low in saturated fat and high in fiber, which can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and improve overall heart health.
- Improved blood sugar control: Plant-based diets are typically lower in refined carbohydrates and higher in fiber, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Additionally, plant-based diets have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, which is important for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Note: Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that can be prevented or reversed through a proper diet.
- Reduced risk of certain types of cancer: Plant-based diets may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, particularly those of the digestive system, such as colon and stomach cancer. This is thought to be due to the high levels of fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients found in plant-based foods.
- Lower risk of obesity: Plant-based diets are generally lower in calories and higher in fiber, which can help promote feelings of fullness and reduce overall calorie intake. This can help prevent obesity and its associated health problems, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
- Improved gut health: A plant-based diet can help promote a healthy gut microbiome, which is important for overall health and disease prevention. Plant-based diets are rich in prebiotic fiber, which feeds the beneficial bacteria in the gut, and may also help reduce inflammation and improve immune function.
Overall, a plant-based diet can offer several health benefits for chronic disease prevention, particularly when it includes a variety of whole, minimally processed foods. Next up: Processed foods vs Whole Foods Plant-Based…
Until next time,
~Your Neighborhood Health Dealing Nutritionist & Chef~ K