We may be past resolution season, but people are still working to have healthier lifestyles including diets that make them feel better. Plant based diets are one of many ways to get your health under control, and eating more plants and limiting or eliminating animal products can lead to a decreased risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more.
Plant-based diets have been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, type 2 diabetes, most types of cancer, and more. Such diets can also aid in weight loss, even when calories are not restricted.
A whole food, plant-based diet is not the same as veganism. Vegan diets do not allow for any animal products whatsoever but they do allow for processed foods, refined oils, and more. Whole food, plant based diets do allow for small amounts of animal products including meats, but they do not allow for processed foods and refined oils. They call for maximizing intake of whole fruits and vegetables as well as beans, legumes, and nuts in smaller amounts for protein.
Many popular fast food and chain restaurants are jumping on the plant-based bandwagon, offering plant-based protein options on the regular menu. Burger King, Subway, KFC, Q’Doba, and more feature plant-based options, and all the restaurants at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will also offer plant-based options.
Learn more about plant-based diets below.