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!)