Why Is A Plant-Based Diet Better?

When people talk about a plant-based diet, they’re not necessarily talking about giving up meat altogether. But to eat a plant-based diet is to emphasize fruits and vegetables and make those the main ingredients of every meal. In general, proponents of plant-based diets recommend consuming only limited amounts of grass-fed, organically farmed meat. Whether you go entirely vegan, or make an effort to minimize animal products and maximize plant-based foods, you will experience many benefits.

For one thing, a great deal of research supports the idea that a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables promotes good health. Plants are full of micro-nutrients that support the vision, the digestion, and above all, cardiovascular health. Fruits and vegetables can help you attain or maintain a healthy weight, which can decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A plant-based diet is also known to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke. Plants are also rich in fiber, which aids digestion and helps you feel full on fewer calories.

Another benefit of eating a plant-based diet is knowing that your food choices are better for the environment. Animal agriculture consumes a large amount of resources. A farmer has to use land and water to grow grains to feed the livestock. Consider how much more efficient it is to use land and water to grow food directly for human consumption. Plant agriculture is less polluting to the environment as well. Animal waste can pollute the ground and surface water near the farm, and the methane gases they release through digestion are a major contributor to greenhouse gases.

Although plants are less expensive to cultivate and generally less expensive to buy than meat, many people do not find it easy to eat primarily plant-based foods. If you don’t have a lot of time to shop for fresh foods and cook them on a regular basis, it is much easier to buy boxed, canned or frozen foods that can be heated up quickly. One company, though, is trying to help even busy people enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet by using only healthy plant-based ingredients in their processed foods. A recent article about Hampton Creek described the company’s mission as providing the world with healthy, environmentally friendly, and affordable processed foods.