5 things you didn't know about plant based eating

5 things you didn't know about plant based eating

Plant based eating is all the rage right now and with very good reason. Not only is a plant based diet more economical and better for our environment, it also offers a whole host of health benefits.

Here are 5 reasons why switching to a plant based diet is a great idea:

  1. Potassium Power
    By including more plant based options in your diet you are naturally boosting your intake of potassium. The more potassium rich foods you eat the more sodium {salt} you excrete through your urine which in simple terms means it is great for people with high blood pressure or heightened stress levels as this helps ease the tension in our blood vessel walls.
  1. Balanced Blood Sugar
    A diet that is high in plant based foods is naturally higher in dietary fibre which is the number one way to help regulate blood sugar. Fibre slows down the absorption and release of sugar into the blood stream which improves your satiety {you stay fuller for longer}, energy and cortisol levels throughout the day. If your blood sugar levels are behaving themselves you’re at less risk of developing conditions like Type 2 diabetes mellitus {T2DM}.
  1. Plants keep your heart happy
    There’s no if’s or buts about this, a plant based diet is the number one way to look after your ticker. Harvard researchers tracked the dietary habits of over 110 000 people for 14 years and found that all the folks out there eating higher amounts of fruits and vegetables reduced their risk of a cardiovascular event by up to 40%. That’s pretty epic if you ask me. The increased fibre intake associated with including more plants also helps with healthy cholesterol management.
  1. Plants put your best face forward
    Literally. Foods that are good for our health are great for our skin. The vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables are be the driving force behind that dewy skin glow that we all want. Tomatoes are full of lycopene that helps protect against sun damage; mangoes and papaya are packed with pigments called carotenoids that help give your skin a healthy complexion; sweet potato, kiwi’s and oranges all contain vitamin C which stimulates the production of collagen and you can think of hemp seeds and flax seeds like anti wrinkle fighters thanks to the gorgeous fat profile, which helps keep skin cell walls supple and plump.
  1. It's not just for vegans or vegetarians
    I know this sounds like common sense, but I find there is a lot of confusion out there when it comes to this actual definition. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, great, but for those of you who are not you can still enjoy the benefits of plant based eating by ensuring that the dominant portion of your dietary intake comes from plants and that animal based proteins are really no more than 15% -20% of your diet.

By Carissa Anne. Nutritionist {BHSc} – The JCN Clinic

Carissa is an accredited and practicing nutritionist at the JCN Clinic in Brisbane. The JCN Clinic is renowned for their focus on Digestive Health and an individualised, balanced approach to eating and nutrition.

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