You hear it all the time: switch to a plant-based diet, it’s great! It almost seems like a magical potion that has cosmic effects! And with all the perks that come with a plant-based diet, it could certainly seem like that. But there are some foods you absolutely LOVE that may not be vegetarian or vegan and you’re not at all enticed about cutting out specific favorites.
But what if you didn’t have to cut out all of your non-vegan favorite dishes, like tacos, yogurt or…brie?
Before we get to that, let’s talk about a few pros of eating a plant-based diet.
What are the benefits?
According to Heathline, a plant-based diet can help:
- Prevent chronic diseases
- Improve mood
- Improve preventative heart health
- Help maintain a healthy weight
- Improve energy
- Lengthen years of life
Crazy, right? It makes total sense, though. In a plant-based diet, you have direct access to phytochemicals, packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. If you put good into your body, you’re going to get good out of it.
What is a “flexitarian?”
Okay, so you get it. This type of diet would be HIGHLY beneficial, but…ugh, you can’t part with brie forever. Well, you don’t have to!
According to Consumer Reports, a more “flexitarian” diet (a diet that consists of both plants and meat) would allow you to reap the phytonutrient-benefits while still satisfying your non-vegan cravings.
So, yes, you can continue to eat those tacos, but limit the amount and look for healthier alternatives with smarter choices (like fish or turkey instead of beef tacos).
A Harvard study analyzed meat-eating habits and health based on 30 years of data from 120,000 people. The results stated that people who ate the most amounts of red meat tended to die younger. But, they also found that switching just one daily serving of beef with nuts could cut the risk of early death by 19%!
In addition, the American Journal of Cardiology also analyzed data for plant based-diets versus meat-eating diets. They discovered that swapping from a typical American diet to a more plant-based diet (but not giving up meat entirely) could decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol.
Of course, going completely vegan could maximize these effects.
Is It Too Late?
If you’re even slightly convinced, but concerned about your food track record thus far in your life, don’t worry! According to a study published in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, plant-based diets can have a positive effect on any age, including older adults. Of course, the sooner you start, the better!
Getting started is a lot easier than it seems. Just start implementing more greens and plants into your diet. And what better way than to do it with us?
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