A whole food, plant-based diet is one that centres on whole, unrefined and unprocessed foods. It is made up of fruits, vegetables, tubers, wholegrains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
It excludes all red meat such as beef and pork, white meat such as chicken, all fish, all dairy products and eggs. It also excludes most refined and processed foods such refined flours, sugars and oils.
Benefits of a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet
The research on the benefits of a whole-food plant-based diet is expanding, particularly in the field of cardiovascular disease, weight management, chronic disease management, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. The main ways this diet can help with these conditions are:
Naturally Reduced Saturated Fat: Saturated fat is mainly found in animal products and refined plant oils such as coconut and palm. Eating a wholefood plant-based diet eliminates most of these sources.
Naturally Reduced Dietary Cholesterol: Plants contain no dietary cholesterol. Not only is your intake of dietary cholesterol reduced through this pattern of eating, but the properties that assist with excretion of cholesterol, such as beta-glucans and plant-sterols, are found in foods such as oats and beans.
Increased Intake of Fibre: Fibre is only found in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, whole-grains, fruits, nuts, beans, and legumes. The more fibre in your diet, the better equipped the body is to eliminate waste, excrete cholesterol, maintain weight, and optimise immune function.
Increased Intake of Antioxidants: Antioxidants are essential for neutralising free-radicals, which can cause a significant amount of internal damage over time, promoting ageing.
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