#1 Improves Your Health
The healthiest way to eat is to maintain a diet of whole, plant-based foods that are high in antioxidants and rich in fiber, and to get protein from vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Fueling your body with these foods helps reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.
#2 Supports Your Immune System
Plants have essential nutrients that you cannot get from other foods. The vitamins and minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants in plants help keep your cells healthy and your body in balance so that your immune system can function at its best.
#3 Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight
Quality whole grains and vegetables are relatively low on the glycemic index which means they’re digested more slowly, and fruit contains antioxidants and fiber, which help prolong fullness. That being said, plant-eaters tend to weigh less, even if that’s not always the #1 goal.
#4 Increases Your Fiber Intake
Fiber makes up the structure of plants, and if you eat more of it, you can access a whole host of benefits such as improved gut health, better nutrient absorption, and reduced inflammation. Fiber can also lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, and it supports healthy bowel movements.
#5 Better for the Planet
Reducing our carbon footprint starts with what we eat. By choosing plant-based proteins over animal ones, we help to minimize the effect of animal agriculture (i.e., mass amounts of man-made carbon emissions - more than any other industry), which is better for our planet.
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