Evidence is available that shows transitioning to a whole food, plant-based diet is very beneficial to your health! Your health will improve in many ways as you will likely experience improved energy levels, weight loss, better sleep, and a general sense of wellness. In addition, you will be lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Studies have shown a dramatic shift in the leading causes of death in the US in the past 100 years. In the early 20th century infectious diseases were the primary cause of death. Now, cardiovascular disease and cancer have taken over as the leading causes of mortality. Both obesity and diabetes are inflammatory conditions that contribute to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inflammation has, in fact, been implicated as a causative factor in nearly all chronic diseases! High fat diets, replete with highly processed foods, combined with high sugar intake, are typical of the modern western diet. This has compromised our health and made us much less resistant to the maladies affecting us, especially as we age. Today, about one of every three deaths in the US results from heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular diseases. Diabetes is prevelent and currently affects 29.1 million people in our country (about 10% of the population). At this current trend, one in three adults could have diabetes by 2050. Also today, approximately 39% of our population will be diagnosed with cancer of some type during their lifetime. Fortunately, in most cases, all this can be turned around with the adoption of a whole food, plant-based diet, along with moderate exercise, to return a person to good health.
What Are These Whole Foods?
Most people remember being taught in school about the five food groups. As taught, they are: 1. Vegetables and legumes/beans. 2. Fruits. 3. Grains such as wheat and rice. 3. Lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, and nuts and seeds. 4. Milk, yogurt, and cheese.
These foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of the key nutrients of that food group. For example, the key nutrients of milk, yogurt, and cheese includes calcium and protein, while the fruit group is a source of vitamins. There are actually seven nutritional groups found in the foods we consume. They are: 1. Carbohydrates. 2. Proteins. 3. Fats. 4. Fibre. 5. Vitamins. 6. Minerals. 7. Water.
These comprise the seven building blocks necessary for a balanced healthy diet.
Now, much to many people’s surprise, all seven of these seven building blocks of good nutrition can be found in a whole food, plant-based diet. The consumption of these nutrient-dense foods is synonymous with an anti-inflammatory diet. We really don’t need the animal-based foods (meats and dairy), nor the highly processed foods with all their added sugar, salt, and oil in our diets. The protein, and fats we need for good health can be ingested from whole food, plant-based foods of leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
Those arguing that a plant-based diet will result in protein and calcium deficiency are wrong! Complete protein can be ingested by consuming: quinoa; buckwheat; soy; rice and beans; chia seeds; and hemp seeds. Vegetables and non-animal based foods high in calcium include: kale; collard greens; broccoli; kelp; spinach; soybeans; almonds; rice; and hemp seeds. You can get all the protein and calcium you need without consuming animal meats and dairy products!
Where to Learn More
If you would like to learn more about the whole food, plant-based lifestyle we encourage you to visit the website www.plantpurenation.com who advocates the dietary guidelines of T. Colin Campbell, PhD — an advocate of the whole food, plant-based diet. An awesome PlantPureNation Cookbook can be purchased from Amazon.com below. It contains over 150 plant-based recipes that the book’s reviewers rave about!
It is also very worthwhile of your time to watch the PlantPureNation Video to learn of the benefits of following the whole food, plant-based lifestyle we are advocating. Click the link below to view the video.
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