What To Know About Plant-Based Diet

Posted by Tintin Sealey

Going meatless is one of the growing food and health trends of 2019. Whether it be for health reasons or environmental concern, many choose to opt out of their regular diet and go on a plant-based one. If you are considering going plant-based or just want to know more about it, here are some things you should know about. alexis-chloe-pH5iJPNf6zA-unsplash
What exactly is it?
A plant-based diet is one that excludes meat and animal byproducts, emphasizes whole foods and minimizes processed foods. It also excludes refined foods such as added sugar, white flour, and processed oil.
Vegan vs. Plant-based
Vegan and plant-based diets are similar as they both exclude meat and animal byproducts, but plant-based people are not exactly vegan. The different lies outside the kitchen; while plant-based people focus on excluding animal products from their diet, vegans take it a step further by avoiding all forms of animal exploitation possible. This can include not wearing silk and leather, not using products tested on animals and not supporting companies that fund animal exploitation.
Some things you’ve heard about plant-based nutrition are myths
You can get enough protein on a plant-based diet from foods such as tofu, lentils, nuts, beans, seeds, and whole grains. You will not lose muscle because muscle mass is associated with protein intake regardless of the source. You will also not feel hungry all the time because you’ll be consuming foods that are high in fibre which can leave you full for longer.
Weight loss and health benefits
Plant-based diet cuts off unhealthy foods such as processed and food with refined sugar, making it good for keeping off the weight. It can also benefit your overall health by reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and cognitive decline.
It should be carried out with consideration
Going meatless may be better for the environment, but animal products provide a rich source of protein and nutrients such as calcium, zinc, vitamins, and omega-3. To carry out a healthy plant-based diet, it is important to make sure you are hitting all the nutrients your body needs.