WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER GOING PLANT-BASED
TOP BENEFITS OF A PLANT-BASED DIET
1. BETTER MOOD
Research shows that people who eat less meat have a lower chance of depression and are generally happier overall compared to fish, meat, and dairy eaters.
2. DISEASE FIGHTING
Proper plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian diets are naturally low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and have been shown to reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Plant-based diets are also proven to improve insulin sensitivity, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
3. LEAN FIGURE
Followers of low or no-meat diets usually weigh less than people who follow a diet containing meat because eating primarily vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds results in a healthy BMI.
4. LESS TOXICITY
Compared to plant foods, meat, poultry, and seafood typically contain more foodborne illnesses, antibiotics, bacteria, hormones, steroids, parasites, and chemical toxins and residue. Wild fish can be contaminated with heavy metals like mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which disrupt hormones. *If you choose to consume small amounts of animal products, try to choose organic.
5. SAVING THE PLANET
Plant-based diets require far less energy, water, and farmland than diets containing meat. 1 kilogram of animal protein uses 100x water than the same amount of protein from grains. The demand for animal products is a major cause of deforestation as land is cleared to make room for farming. 30% of land is used to raise livestock. Farm animals are also one of the main contributors to greenhouse gases, which cause global warming.
Followers of low or no-meat diets tend to have better vision and less macular degeneration.
7. MORE ENERGY
Plant foods take your body less energy to digest, giving you more energy to use in your daily tasks and exercise.
8. IMPROVED GUT HEALTH
Plant foods are typically easier for the body to digest.
9. LESS CALORIES, MORE NUTRITION
Plant foods are typically lower in calories than animal foods, and typically contain more micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.
10. MONEY SAVING
Plant foods are usually less expensive (besides a few superfoods and delicacies), saving on overall costs. Research shows that followers of plant-based diets save about $750 every year compared to meat-eaters.
11. BETTER ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Although many athletes focus on protein intake, it is scientifically proven that, when done correctly, a high-carbohydrate, low-fat, and vitamin and mineral-rich plant-based diet may be optimal for sports performance. The average American consumes around 112 grams a protein a day, when the recommended amount of protein is only 50 grams. Excess protein is stored as fat, not muscle. High protein diets can contain high levels of saturated fats, which may stress kidneys. Compared to animal protein, plant protein is lower in saturated fat and contains little to no cholesterol, is higher in antioxidants, and higher in fiber. Today, the number of world-class vegan and vegetarian athletes continue to rise rapidly.
12. SUPPORTING ANIMAL RIGHTS
Ethical reasons can be a consideration when choosing to lessen or emit animal foods. Animals are often raised in poor conditions and crowded together in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). *If you choose to consume animal products, try to support humane farms.
Followers of plant-based diets have been found to live longer, healthier lives when compared to meat-eaters. This is because plant foods are high in antioxidant compounds like vitamin C, selenium, and vitamin E, which assist in reducing oxidative stress, which supports healthy aging.
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