Plant-based nutrition is a great option for those of us who want to be a better and healthier person, whether you want to save animals, become healthier, or simply feel better. Choosing a plant-based diet does not have to be a difficult commitment. Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons why you should start eating plant-based foods today:
Improve Your Health
Increasing your intake of veggies, grains, and beans will help you receive more fiber in your diet. Fiber intake should range between 25 g (women) and 38 g (men) per day. Unfortunately, the average person consumes 15 g every day. That is insufficient for the vast majority of us. It can harm the bowels, resulting in constipation or hemorrhoids.
That implies that if you eat cottage cheese with a glass of milk for breakfast, an egg sandwich for lunch, and a ribeye steak for dinner, you’ll likely consume twice as much protein as is advised for a day.
It’s easy to see why the average American eats roughly 100 g of protein every day. Protein appears to be consumed in excess in our society, which can lead to bowel or digestion issues. True, certain people require more protein than others, but our protein-rich diet is excessive in general. A plant-based diet can help us accomplish our health goals without exceeding the recommended daily intake.
It was formerly considered that eating more animal protein would help you grow muscle mass. Despite thousands of studies confirming the health benefits of eating vegetables to avoid illness, many people refuse to change their diet to improve their quality of life.
Too many people assume that exercise, medication, and supplements are sufficient to maintain their health. Meanwhile, according to health and wellness specialists, weight management involves 75–80 percent nutrition and 20–25 percent activity.
According to several studies, plant-based diets had fewer indicators of sadness and mental illness than omnivores. There is still much more research to be done and certain aspects to consider (such as sugar intake), but these findings are highly promising. The easiest way to find out is to try it and see how you react.
Weight Loss and Weight Management
A plant-based diet means getting a big amount of your food from plants. Having said that, when we think of plant-based nutrition, fruits and vegetables are typically the first things that come to mind.
Just 15% of our population fulfills the minimum daily requirement for fruits and vegetables, and even fewer (10%) meet the minimal requirement for veggies.
Nutrition experts from throughout the world agree that a shortage of fruits and vegetables adds to the obesity pandemic and chronic disease associated with poor nutrition, notably in the United States. While physical activity is crucial, diet is most likely the root cause of our country’s obesity problem.
People who eat a plant-based diet tend to consume fewer calories than those who eat animal protein. Because they consume fewer calories per weight and get the majority of their calories from healthy sources. Plant-based eaters eat less processed food and avoid meat-focused establishments, such as fast-food franchises that sell unhealthy meals.
Prevent or Manage a Chronic Illness
According to research, eating a plant-based diet can help avoid chronic disease, reduce obesity, and improve overall health and quality of life.
According to a World Health Organization report, consuming 400 g of fruits and vegetables every day can help avoid chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. To put this into perspective, one tomato weighs about 75 g, whereas a medium-sized potato weighs about 150 g. A medium apple weighs approximately 150 g, whereas a tiny kiwi weighs approximately 75 g.
Stop Spending on Supplements
Did you realize that our country’s population spends more than $30 billion each year on supplements? What if you didn’t have to throw that money away?
A plant-based diet increases your chances of getting all of the nutrients you need from natural sources such as legumes, vegetables, and fruits.
This not only saves you money, but it also relieves you of the responsibility of remembering to purchase and take vitamins.
Despite thousands of studies confirming the health benefits of eating vegetables to avoid illness, many people refuse to change their diet to improve their quality of life.
Too many people assume that exercise, medication, and supplements are sufficient to maintain their health. Meanwhile, according to health and wellness specialists, weight management involves 75–80 percent nutrition and 20–25 percent activity
Save the Planet
Agriculture uses nearly 70% of our freshwater (globally on average). However, producing meat takes 1000 times more water than producing crops such as wheat.
Furthermore, much of the grain is cultivated to feed the animals we eat, and if we started eating that grain instead of meat, we would need less water and resources to generate animal food.
To summarize, plant-based eating is for everyone; the basic idea is to increase your intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and legumes rather than “diet” or exclude anything from your diet.
It is now time to put your knowledge to use. Choose a day to begin your plant-based nutrition journey, plan your meals, make a grocery list, go shopping, and put the plan into action! Plant-based eating is a way of life rather than a diet. Make it easy and enjoyable!