Benefits of a plant-based diet

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You may be on this page because you’re wondering: What are the benefits of a plant-based diet?

There’s a range of benefits to it, not just limited to a boost in health.

When it comes to a vegan diet, one may choose to take it on for many reasons. Be it health, environmental reasoning, for the animals or just for the challenge. 

For those trying to find a solid reason to go plant-based, read on.

What is a whole foods plant-based (WFPB) diet?

The whole-food plant-based diet is focused on negating processed foods as much as possible. With more of a prioritisation of fresh foods, and minimal chemicals and filler ingredients.

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Basically, a plant-based diet as we define it, is a diet solely based on plants, and no questionable ingredients.  

Firstly we’ll start out with a few (of the many) health benefits of a plant-based diet. 

Obesity, diabetes & heart disease prevention

According to Medical News Today, those who follow a plant-based diet are less likely to suffer from diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Plant-based people are also more likely to have a lower BMI. 

Doesn’t entirely go without saying, a junk food vegan would still be consuming a lot of calories. But a well-planned plant-based diet will result in reduced caloric intake and increased energy expenditure with time.

A well-planned plant-based vegan diet is high in complex carbohydrates. This as well as fibre and a variety of nutrients and minerals, helping people stay fuller for longer.

Helps reduce inflammation

With recent research showing how dairy foods and meats can contribute to inflammation. It’s comforting to know that vegan foods, especially whole wheat, fruit and vegetables actually reduces your risk of inflammation

Foods that cause inflammation are meat, dairy, processed sugars, alcohol, refined carbs (i.e. flour) and fried and fatty foods.

So just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you’re immune to inflammation; there’s a big difference between being vegan and being truly plant-based. 

Good for the brain

In a recent study, it was found that plant-based diets can be useful against cognitive decline. 

The study specifically mentions diets abundant in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. Avoiding animal and processed foods where possible. 

Other than just preventing cognitive decline, research also shows that plant-based eating patterns was relative to better performance on cognitive tasks.

Suggesting better cognition among those who eat primarily plant-based. 

Keeps you young 

You may have heard stories of vegans that have defied odds and look 25 at 40, chances are they’re plant-based vegans.

The secret to keeping young is, to be honest, just staying hydrated, stress free and getting plenty of antioxidants in you! 

A recent study shows evidence supporting a whole-foods plant based diet in order to achieve younger looking skin. 

Plant-based vegan diets can save you money

Ignore all the expensive ice cream options, chocolates and whatnot at the shops.

Contrary to popular belief, when you break your weekly shop down into the raw essentials, fruits, veg, bread and milk, sans the meat and dairy, you’ll actually save a heck of a lot. 

With a plant-based, or WFPB diet, you’ll naturally buy less processed foods, which tend to be more on the pricey side. 

Fruits and vegetables are cheap, rice and pasta is cheap, just always read the label if you’re unsure, make sure you can pronounce all ingredients.

Check out our recent post on how vegan foods can be cheap

Vegan diets are better for the environment

From lower greenhouse gas emissions to less cow farts from over-breeding of animals for the food industry; those abiding by a vegan diet can expect to reduce greenhouse emissions by 10-70%!

According to a recent Forbes article, 14.5% of total man-made emissions come from the meat industry. Just from the production of meat, crazy right?

The Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant in Þingvellir, Iceland. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

With a plant-based vegan diet, you’d tend to source most of your ingredients, to make things from scratch as much as possible, such as bread, etc. 

That in turn means the ingredients you source, regardless of whether they’re shipped or flown to the supermarket, are a lot lower in emissions than other foods due to the lack of processing. 

Some benefits of a plant-based diet

So those are a few of the many benefits of a plant-based diet, in summary:

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease prevention 

Weight management

Lower inflammation

Good for brain health

Keeps you young

Saves you money

Better for the environment

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