There was a time when meat and potatoes were the standard American meal. But that seems to be changing.
In fact, more than a fourth of Americans are trading in meat for more plant-based diets, according to a Gallup Poll. On top of that, doctors are recommending replacing some of the meat in your diet with plant-based options.
Why the rise in plant-based diets? Research and science have told us that there's one very good reason to cut back on meat—your health!
Read on to find out exactly what health benefits come from a plant-based diet and how you can support your health with more plants!
Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
Meat often contains high levels of cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fats. Eating large amounts of meat is linked to higher chances of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer!
While you don't have to cut out meat completely to be healthy, switching to a diet that focuses first on plant-based foods comes with plenty of benefits.
- Lower Blood Pressure
Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, which puts them at risk of severe heart disease. Fortunately, plant-based diets have been linked to lower blood pressure and less chance of hypertension.
- Weight Loss
A plant-based diet can also make it easier to lose weight (and keep it off). A 2017 study showed a reduced BMI in subjects after cutting out meat.
- Strong Immune System
Fruits and vegetables are vital for a thriving and healthy immune system. Studies have shown that plant-based diets come with a stronger immune system!
- Reduced Inflammation
When your body goes into overdrive trying to protect itself, inflammation can happen, leaving you in pain and discomfort. But a balanced plant-based diet could help reduce inflammation and get your body back on track!
- Help with Arthritis
According to the Arthritis Foundation, plant-based diets have specifically been shown to reduce arthritis-related inflammation and chronic pain.
- Lower Risk of Cancer
Research has shown that those who ate less meat were less likely to develop cancer. The reason why is likely due to antioxidant properties in fruits and vegetables. A healthy, plant-based diet protects your body from free radical damage and oxidative stress, lowering your risk of cancer.
OPCs and a Plant-Based Diet
Some of those powerful cancer-preventing antioxidants found in plants include OPCs, nature's super-antioxidants that work together to battle oxidative stress and lower the risk of many health issues.
Green tea extract, grape seed extract, pine bark extract, red wine extract, and bilberry extract are among this family of antioxidants.
Each of those OPCs can be found naturally in a plant-based diet.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract comes from Camellia sinensis, the same plant that produces wide varieties of tea. It has been shown to promote focus, serve as a natural antidepressant, lower the risk of heart disease, and protect against cancer.
Pine Bark Extract
Pine bark extract comes from a specific breed of pine tree native to France. It is linked to heart health, low inflammation, and healthy aging.
Red Wine Extract
Red wine extract, found naturally in grapes and berries, might stimulate the brain, improve heart health, and reduce cancer risk.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract is derived from the seeds of wine grapes. It could lower blood pressure, improve circulation, reduce chronic pain, and strengthen bones.
Bilberry is a dark European berry similar to blueberries. Like blueberries, it offers plenty of health benefits, including protecting your vision and decreasing inflammation.
Cut Back on Meat and Feel the Benefits
A healthy and balanced plant-based diet will provide plenty of important nutrients for your body.
Even if a vegetarian diet doesn't fit your lifestyle, you can still lower your meat intake and focus first and foremost on eating healthy plant-based foods—like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes!
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Sources & Further Reading
- How does Plant-Forward (Plant-Based) Eating Benefit your Health?
- The BROAD study: A randomised controlled trial using a whole food plant-based diet in the community for obesity, ischaemic heart disease or diabetes
- Vegetarian diets and blood pressure: a meta-analysis
- Nearly 25% Of Americans Have Cut Back On Their Meat Consumption In The Last Year: Poll
- Can plant-based diets actually improve your immune system?
- Anti-inflammatory effects of plant-based foods and of their constituents
- Do Vegan or Vegetarian Diets Help Reduce Arthritis Inflammation?
- How plant-based food helps fight cancer