Maybe you’re not quite ready to take the plunge into Vegetarianism or Veganism but did you know there were so many benefits to eating a plant based diet?
After watching ‘What the Health’ I really started to take into consideration just how much meat products we consume in our home, as well as how and where our produce was grown. To say the documentary was a startling depiction of our food chain is an understatement but it was extremely enlightening and has helped me make more informed food choices for this family. All this being said we do still eat meat but I’m more mindful of the quality and how much we consume.
So what are some benefits to eating a plant based diet?
A plant based diet can protect against AND in some cases cure:
stroke, dementia, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, certain cancers, skin problems, gastrointestinal problems, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, allergies, headaches
It can lead to a decrease in all cause mortality risk and an increase in overall nail, skin and hair health.
Eating plant based can increase your energy levels, decrease inflammation, and decrease recovery times. Some famously plant based athletes are Megan Duhamel, Rich Roll, Mac Danzig, and Venus Williams.
Eating a plant based diet allows for a sustainable weight loss without counting calories.
Isoflavones in plants can prevent fat storage in cells.
The average North American has a BMI of 28.8 (overweight), while the average for a person living a plant based lifestyle is 23.6(healthy weight)
A plant based diet can decrease your carbon footprint by 55% and reduce water consumption by 3700 gallons per person per day.
Fun Fact: 1 calorie of animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as 1 calorie of plant based protein.
By just one person cutting meat out of their diet 100 animals are spared.
The animals that live and die in our food chain are typically diseased, mistreated, and stored in cramped conditions amongst their own waste.
Many of these animals are fed GMO foods and pumped full of hormones which pass on to the consumer as well.