A plant-based diet can help with a number of health problems, according to a new expert article.
Eating more plants and fewer animal products can help control weight and blood sugar.
Plant-based nutrients are also said to help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
A plant-based diet can help improve health by helping to control weight and preventing various diseases. Doctors should take note, according to an editorial 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 advocate vegan diets, write in the comment that health professionals support the evidence-based benefits of a diet rich in plant-based foods such as vegetables, beans, fruits, and nuts should take this more into account.
Research suggests that a plant-based diet may be especially beneficial for six common health problems. What they are and how a vegan diet can help.
A predominantly vegan diet can help maintain a healthy weight, according to the post. The authors cite a 2013 study of over 70,000 people that found that vegans weighed on average nearly five kilograms less 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 to lose weight and to maintain 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 fuller longer after eating, according to nutritionists.
Fiber is also an important nutrient for long-term health and disease prevention, the comment states. A plant-based diet has been linked to a lower risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer.
Eating more vegetables, fruits, and grains can also help prevent cancer by increasing the 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 too.
Fiber slows down 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, according to research, plant-based foods can also help diabetics control their blood sugar.
4. Mental decay
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, the comment states.
5. Heart disease
Numerous evidence suggests that a plant-based diet is good for the heart because it contains beneficial foods while avoiding foods related to heart disease, such as meat.
Studies show that vegetarians and vegans have a significantly lower risk of heart attack and related problems than people who eat everything.
Plant-based foods are typically 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 post. 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.