What are the benefits of a plant based diet? Are health bebefits that significant that we should consider adopting a vegan diet? How does a plant based diet effect our environment? Finally, how does it effect our wallet.
The benefits of a plant based diet on our health are numerous. Take a look around in your daily travels, it seems that most Americans are carrying way to much weight. Obesity is everywhere and we are paying for it in our healthcare costs. Waistlines everywhere would benefit from the plant based diet movement. Here are the results of a few research studies to help send the message home.
Researchers at Boston’s Tufts University compared food questionnaires from 55,000 healthy women, finding that semivegitarians who consume just small amounts of animal based products were 11% less likely to be overweight or obese than those who ate animal products.( Newby, Tucker, and Wolk 2005).
The Journal of the American Dietetic Association study showed that people who ate and drank more calories from animal proteins were at greater risk of being overweight or obese than those who consumed less animal protein.(Murtaugh et al.2007)
The New England Journal of Medicine involving 120,000 men and women determined that a four year weight loss was associated with the intake of fruit, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains, while the consumption of red meat, processed meat, and sugar sweetened beverages was a risk factor for obesity. (Mozaffarian et al.(2011).
Why does a whole food, plant based diet promote weightloss? First, plant based foods are lower in calories (4 cal/gm) compared to fatty animal food (9cal/gm).Second, plant based food is high in fiber which tends to add to satiety . So we are left with a perfect combination of feeling full on less calories. It’s a win-win!