Hi friends! Hope everyone is having a great week and ready for the weekend. I read an article recently about 6 science based benefits of a vegan diet from Authority Nutrition and I wanted to share it. There are so many different “diets” out there and truly this is more of a lifestyle change and not a diet, but I wanted to share these benefits with you.
- A Vegan Diet is Richer in Certain Nutrients.
- When eating a whole foods plant based diet you’ll want to eat more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, nuts and seeds. Several studies have reported nutrient-rich vegan diets tend to provide more fiber, antioxidants, and beneficial plant compounds. A vegan diet is high in potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E, however you might want to consider a vitamin B12 supplement.
- It Can Help You Lose Excess Weight.
- Vegan diets have a natural tendency to reduce your calorie intake. This makes them effective at promoting weight loss without the need to actively focus on cutting calories.
- It Appears to Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Improve Kidney Function.
- Vegans tend to have lower blood sugar levels, higher insulin sensitivity and up to a 50-78% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- A Vegan Diet May Protect Against Certain Cancers.
- According to the World Health Organization, about 1/3 of all cancers can be prevented by factors within your control, including diet. For example, eating legumes regular may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by 9-18%. Vegans generally eat considerably more legumes, fruit and vegetables than non-vegans. This might explain why a recent review of 96 studies found that vegans may benefit from a 15% lower risk of developing or dying from cancer.
- It’s Linked to a Lower Risk of Heart Disease.
- Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and fiber is linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Observational studies comparing vegans to vegetarians and the general population report that vegans may benefit from up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure. Several randomized controlled studies report that vegan diets are much more effective at reducing blood sugar, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels than diets they are compared to.
- A Vegan Diet Can Reduce Pain from Arthritis.
- Several studies have proven that vegan diets based on probiotic-rich Whole Foods can significantly decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Wherever you are on your journey to eating more plant based foods please keep in mind that any small step is a huge step for your health!