If you are transitioning to a plant-based diet, you'll be happy to know that new studies confirm that foods high in fiber and low in fat, are beneficial in many ways when it comes to your overall health.
If you're already enjoying the benefits of a plant-based diet; that's fantastic! You're several steps ahead of the game! But if not, you might want to reconsider.
Here's what's in it for you:
It can help to keep your weight down
Beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas are all part of a healthy vegan diet. Eating about a cup a day for six weeks can result in moderate weight-loss according to Canadian researchers. You can put black beans in tacos, enjoy chic peas in hummus, and add kidney beans to soup. The choices are endless.
It can help keep your blood pressure low
Researchers from Japan, who reviewed over 250 studies, found that consuming a plant-based diet was associated with low blood pressure. These researchers found that a veg diet could be a useful means for reducing blood pressure.
It can reduce the risk of heart disease
When your diet is made up of plant-based foods compared to one that depends on animal-based foods, it can reduce your overall risks of dying from stroke and heart disease by about 20 percent, according to the American Heart Association.
It can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States. Changing your diet to a plant based diet reduces your risk by 22 percent according to the JAMA internal medicine journal. Teenage girls and young women who consume plant-based foods high in fiber also benefit by reducing their risk of breast cancer later in life, according to results from an analysis of more than 90,000 women from the Nurses' Health Study.
It can reduce the painful symptoms of arthritis
A plant-based diet reduces inflammation and arthritis symptoms, according to Nathan Wei, MD, director of the Arthritis Treatment Center in Frederick, MD. Other studies conducted by the Arthritis Foundation, The Mayo Clinic and Arthritis Today conclude that a diet that is primarily plant-based decreases the production of proteins that cause and or aggravate inflammation.
It reduces your risk of diabetes complications
A vegan diet can help reduce potential complications related to diabetes. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts can improve blood-sugar control and make a diabetic's body more responsive to insulin.
Best of all, on average, you'll live longer
According to a study done by researchers at Loma Linda University, in California, whereby they followed 73,000 Seventh-day Adventists between 2002 and 2007, found that those on a veg diet suffered a lower mortality rate - from all causes - than all other diets.