Plant-based diets: What are the benefits?

29 September

Plant-based diets are often significantly lower in the things we are told to avoid by healthy eating guidelines – such as saturated, trans- and total fats.

Plant-based diets are also devoid of dietary cholesterol, which is only found in animal products. They also tend to be higher in dietary fibre, magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamins C and E, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids, and other beneficial phytochemicals.

These characteristics may explain the many health benefits associated with a plant-based diet, which include:
  • Lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Reversal or prevention of heart disease
  • Longer life expectancy
  • Healthier weight (regardless of how much exercise you do)
  • Lower risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes
  • Improved symptoms of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • Fewer medications
  • Lower foods costs; and
  • Less damage to the environment, which means better health for those living in that environment (i.e. all of us!)

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