Looking to reduce your meat consumption ahead of World Vegan Month? Or are you looking to become fully vegan to combat climate change? Moving to a plant-based diet is a great way of cut meat from your diet or be generally more healthy!

Check out 4 great benefits to incorporating plant-based foods into your diet!

A plant-based diet involves a whole array of different food types; sometimes it can just consist of vegan food, other times it might consist of mainly ‘plant food’ with occasional dairy and meat consumption – hence ‘plant-based’.

A main takeaway from plant-based diets is the lack of processed foods. This means you’re less likely to come across gluten, dairy products and even refined sugar.

Although people might try and put you off by suggesting plant-based foods lack the key nutrition needed, there are actually some amazing benefits to such a diet!

Plant-based diets can be full of nutrients you’re missing!

Plant-based diets tend to give you more exposure to beneficial nutrients that you miss out on!

Think of fruits and vegetables as a colour palette of vitamins, so depending on what colour vegetables you eat you could receive those nutrients that you normally miss out on. Plant-based diets can contain high levels of vitamins (A, C, E, etc), iron, magnesium, potassium and more.

These vitamins and minerals can have help your body do many things, such as improve functioning of certain organs, or even help to strengthen your body!

Helps prevent disease and strengthen your immune system

The increased vitamin and nutrient intake of a plant-based diet can also result in a stronger immune system. Research already suggests that your diet is a key part of disease protection.

Due to the decreased meat consumption, plant-based diets can also help reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure and many more issues.

Some studies have suggested that eating around 7 portions of fruit or veg can in fact reduce risk of cancers by up to 15%. And with the decreased meat consumption, the risk can be lowered slightly further.

Weight Management

Plant-based diets can have massive impacts on weight management while also limiting your risk of certain weight related issues such as diabetes.

Plant-based diets tend to, depending on what you consume, contain much high fibre content as well as more complex carbohydrates. This, combined with the elimination of animal fats and refined sugar means your body will digest food more efficiently.

If your plant-based diet contains fruit, nuts and vegetables, you could also feel fuller for longer thanks to the slow absorption of nuts and the water in fruit and veg.

Plant-based diets can also lower insulin resistance and improve insulin sensitivity meaning it could help people prevent or improve their condition if they have diabetes.

Improves your gut health

By limiting your intake of animal fats and refined sugar and increasing your fibre intake in a plant-based diet, you’re promoting a healthy gut. Adding plant-based probiotics, your diet can help improve your gut health.

Fibre is necessary to help maintain bacteria in different organs, specifically your gut. The amount of microbes we have can impact multiple things; including digestion and reduction of inflammation.

There are many foods that help improve your gut health, such as: peas, beans, nuts, lentils, and many more! Try to incorporate these into your diet to promote a healthy gut and body.

 

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