Why Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition
By eating a whole food plant based diet, we are not only helping the environment and saving animal lives. In addition, we are also giving our body exactly what it needs.
It is well-researched and well-documented that whole food plant based nutrition is associated with dramatically low rates of chronic disease. This includes cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, and more.
A Whole Food Plant Based Diet is Associated With:
- Lower risk of chronic disease
- Lowering the leading risk factors: cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar
- Potentially reversing chronic disease
- A trim and healthy body
- Increased energy levels
- Increased endurance and performance among athletes
Whole plant foods have a balanced nutritional profile. When mixing different food groups and different colors, you will consume more than enough fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fat.
On the other hand, animal products (meat, fish, dairy) and refined plant foods have unbalanced nutritional profiles. Animal products contain excessive protein and fat. They play a key factor in most chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Processed plant foods generally lack in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are high in fat and/or sugar. There are some neutral or even beneficial processed plant foods. However, the preference and emphasis are on maximizing the intake of whole plant foods.
For people new to this idea, it may sound very restricting. There are tremendous health benefits, but that’s not all. You may well be surprised when experimenting with whole food plant based nutrition. Discover new flavors and dishes that are colorful and tasty. You will also see how easy it is to adapt to this new way of eating.
When you transition to a Whole Food Plant Based lifestyle, all sorts of challenges appear on the path. If you are really serious about this, you may need to give up some of your favorite foods and flavors and try to replace them for new ones. You may feel limited at first, but you’ll be surprised by the variety of new foods and flavors. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of 5 simple food tips.