A plant-based diet can help with a number of health problems, according to a new professional article.
Eating more plants and fewer animal products can help control your weight and blood sugar levels.
Plant nutrients are also said to help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
An herbal diet can help improve health by helping to control weight and prevent various diseases. Doctors should take note of this, according to an op-ed published May 26 in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.
Physicians from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a non-profit organization that advocates for the vegan diet, write in a comment that health professionals support the evidence-based benefits of a diet high in plant foods such as vegetables, beans, fruits, and nuts. should take more account.
Research suggests that a plant-based diet can be especially helpful in six common health problems. What they are and how a vegan diet can help.
According to the contribution, a predominantly vegan diet can help maintain a healthy weight. The authors cite a 2013 study of more than 70,000 people, which found that vegans weigh on average almost five kilograms less than people on an omnivorous diet.
Plant-based foods often contain fewer calories than processed foods or animal products. The vegan diet therefore helps both lose weight and maintain a lower body weight. A 2022 study found that a vegan diet resulted in weight loss within 12 weeks compared to the participants’ Mediterranean diet or eating habits.
According to a 2019 study, the vegan diet also supplies enough fiber to the gut microbiome, a beneficial bacterium in the digestive system. According to nutrition experts, dietary fiber can help you feel fuller after eating.
Fiber is also an important nutrient for long-term health and disease prevention, the commentary said. Plant-based diets are associated with a lower risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer.
Eating more vegetables, fruits and cereals can also help prevent cancer by increasing your intake of antioxidants, micronutrients that fight inflammation in the body.
The plant diet is also associated with a significantly lower risk of diabetes. Fiber probably also plays a role in this.
Fiber slows down the digestion and absorption of glucose when the body breaks down carbohydrates for energy. Blood sugar levels fluctuate less, nutritionists explain in an interview with Business Insider.
As a result, plant foods can also help diabetics control their blood sugar levels, research says.
4. Mental decline
Vitamins, minerals and micronutrients contained in plant foods can also slow down cognitive decline. A 2020 study found that consuming more vegetables, cereals and legumes in combination with other factors was associated with a significantly lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, a plant-based diet should be recommended to combat Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the commentary said.
5. Heart disease
Much evidence suggests that a plant-based diet is good for the heart because it contains beneficial foods while avoiding foods associated with heart disease, such as meat.
Studies show that vegetarians and vegans have a significantly lower risk of heart attack and related problems than people who eat everything.
Plant-based foods are usually low in cholesterol and saturated fats, which are associated with the risk of heart disease.
More research is needed, but the health benefits of a plant-based diet could help protect against Covid-19. A 2021 study found that a healthy plant-based diet was associated with a significantly lower risk of severe coronavirus infection.
Ben Peters translated from English. You can find the original here.