A plant-based diet can help with a variety of health problems, according to a new article from an expert.
Eating more plants and fewer animal products can help control your weight and blood sugar.
Plant-based nutrients are also said to help prevent chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.
A plant-based diet can help improve health by helping to control weight and prevent various diseases. Doctors should take note, according to an opinion piece published May 26 in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.
Doctors from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit organization of health professionals that advocates vegan diets, write in the commentary that medical professionals support the evidence-based benefits of a diet rich in Plant-based foods like vegetables, beans, fruits, and nuts should be given more consideration.
Research suggests that a plant-based diet may be particularly helpful for six common health problems. What are they and how can a vegan diet help?
A predominantly vegan diet can help maintain a healthy weight, according to the publication. The authors cite a 2013 study of more than 70,000 people that found vegans weighed nearly five kilograms less, on average, than people on an omnivorous diet.
Plant-based foods often contain fewer calories than processed foods or animal products. Therefore, a vegan diet helps both in weight loss and in maintaining a lower body weight. A 2022 study found that a vegan diet resulted in weight loss within 12 weeks compared to a Mediterranean diet or participants’ typical eating habits.
According to a 2019 study, a vegan diet also provides plenty of fiber to the gut microbiome, the beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Dietary fiber can help you feel full longer after eating, according to nutritionists.
Fiber is also an important nutrient for long-term health and disease prevention, the commentary said. A plant-based diet has been linked to a lower risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
Eating more vegetables, fruits, and grains may also help prevent cancer by increasing your intake of antioxidants, micronutrients that fight inflammation in the body.
A plant-based diet is also associated with a significantly lower risk of diabetes in the article. Fiber probably plays a role in this as well.
Fiber slows the digestion and absorption of glucose when the body breaks down carbohydrates for energy. This way, the blood sugar level fluctuates less, nutritionists explain in an interview with Business Insider.
As a result, plant-based foods may also help diabetics control blood sugar, according to research.
4. Mental deterioration
The vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients found in plant-based foods can also slow cognitive decline. A 2020 study found that eating more vegetables, grains, and legumes, along with other factors, was associated with a significantly lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Consequently, a plant-based diet should be recommended to combat Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, according to the commentary.
5. heart condition
A large body of evidence suggests that a plant-based diet is good for your heart because it contains beneficial foods and avoids foods linked to heart disease, such as meat.
Studies show that vegetarians and vegans have a significantly lower risk of heart attacks and related problems than people who eat everything.
Plant-based foods are often low in cholesterol and saturated fat, both of which have been linked to heart disease risks.
More research is needed, but the health benefits of a plant-based diet could protect against covid-19, according to the publication. A 2021 study found that a healthy plant-based diet was associated with a significantly lower risk of severe coronavirus infection.
This article was translated from English by Ben Peters. You can find the original here.