Updated: Jan 23, 2020
People who eat a completely plant-based diet tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) compared to meat-eaters. A plant-based diet is also one of the most effective ways to lose weight, allowing your body to stay nourished and controlling hungry with healthy plant fiber.
Heart Disease Prevention and Reversal
People who eat a plant-based diet are less likely to die from coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, heart disease death rates are 66% lower for plant-based men and a whopping 98% lower for plant-based women! Plant-based diets are also powerful enough to reverse heart disease. People suffering from heart disease who began eating a low-fat vegetarian diet reversed their atherosclerosis and experienced two times fewer cardiac events.
People who eat a plant-based diet are less likely to die from all cancers. Specifically, research has shown they are 62% less likely to die from colorectal cancers and 85% less likely to die from breast cancer. Animal products are associated with higher cancer risk. Processed meats like bacon, hot dogs, ham, and salami increase cancer risk by 44%.
Diabetes Prevention and Reversal
People who eat a completely plant-based diet are 60% less likely to develop diabetes. Just like heart disease, a plant-based has the power to reverse diabetes. Compared to the standard recommended diabetic diet, a low-fat plant-based diet is more effective at reducing medication dependence.
The bacteria residing in our digestive tract offers a lot of insight into overall health. Plant-based diets create prime conditions for a community of gut bacteria that promotes health through various mechanisms. Healthy gut bacteria makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight, prevent digestive diseases, and even prevent chronic diseases like heart disease.
People who eat a plant-based diet tend to live longer than meat eaters. Countries like Japan in “Blue Zones” which have the longest life expectancy also tend to eat a very plant-heavy diet.
Exercise creates oxidative stress which puts limits on the ability to perform and recover from exercise. A plant-based diet is rich in antioxidants which may result in less fatigue and quicker recovery. Many individual plant foods are proven performance enhancers as well.
Calorie for calorie, it requires 10 times as much land, 10 times as much water, and 10 times as much energy to produce the Standard American Diet compared to a plant-based diet. One cow’s annual output of methane equates to the emissions from a car burning 235 gallons of gasoline!
A gram of bean protein is 4 times cheaper than a gram of beef protein and 2 times cheaper than a gram of egg protein. Plant foods come in a much more nutritious package than animal foods, so you get more nourishment for your money.
When on a plant based diet you are providing your body with the vitamins + minerals to become your best self. Relieving chronic inflammation will not only gain you better sleep, but it may also leave you with a smile on your face!