If you just saw the Game changer documentary on Netflix you might be considering to go plant based.
It is backed by science that a plant-based diet can be healthy, but you have to have some more knowledge to succeed on a vegan diet compared to a regular diet.
A plant-based diet is a typical diet that focuses on plant raw produces, that is, where you eat only foods that come out of the ground naturally and have not been processed in any way. This means any food or anything you eat must be natural and unprocessed in any form possible. Most raw food dieters consume raw foods because they contain more nutrients than cooked foods but can enjoy a slightly cooked meal later in the day.
Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of a plant based diet.
Pros of a plant-based diet
Plant-based diets are rich in fiber, free of cholesterol, low in fats, antioxidants, and minerals. According to research, plant-based of diet help in:
- Improved cardiovascular health (reduced blood pressure, reduced heart disease, reduced risk for cardiovascular events)
- Reduction in cholesterol
- Fighting colon and breast cancers
- Digestive disease
- Lowering body weight (Weight loss)
- A considerable reduction in inflammation
Considering that mostly in the US, heart disease is the common killer. Many people suffer from diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, but following a plant-based diet, this could help reduce these killer health problems.
Cons of a plant-based diet
If you want to follow a plant-based diet, this means you must be ready to stay away from all animal and processed foods. Of course, yes, easier said than done for most people. Another thing about this plant-based food is that if you do not plan it correctly, you may not be able to meet the needs of your body in terms of proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
Due to the shortage of nutrition, you may not look your best. The lesser the fruits and vegetables you consume, the more planning will be required for you to change to a plant-based diet. The switch to a plant-based diet should be done gradually by including more naturals in your diet until you can go days without processed or meat foods.
You may also have trouble getting the essential vitamins and minerals like protein, vitamin B 12, and calcium, as they are not common in plant-based foods.
Plant-based diets are mostly considered safe and healthy but do need planning as regards the changes in the diet. Choosing to go mainly plant-based will positively influence the health, and with a bit of research and the implementation of change, a person could successfully achieve great health and a well-balanced lifestyle by adopting a plant-based diet.
Studies have shown that a plant-based diet can help to enjoy a long and healthy life. When some people hear about plant-based diets, they think they need to be restrictive because, in America, most foods contain meat. So for some people, a plant-based diet may seem too difficult or not worth the trouble, but for those who need it, it is worth it.
Not only does eating a plant-based diet benefit the body, but it also increases compassion and makes you become a more dependable version of yourself by giving your body the purest fuel it can get.