One of the biggest trends in the food world that has taken the internet by storm is the plant-based diet. And it’s exactly what it sounds like, a diet that is primarily plants. That does not mean vegan – it means choosing plant foods more often and allowing meat, poultry, and fish occasionally, putting greater emphasis on the plant foods you consume. I happen to really love the plant-based diet. I follow it myself and regularly talk about it with my clients. There are so many health benefits to the plant-based diet, and I am going to share with you here just a sampling of them.
Plants are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
Carrots are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that gives carrot its orange color and is a precursor to Vitamin A. Don’t forget to consume a source of fat to absorb that Vitamin A for eye health and other helpful benefits.
Red cabbage, berries, and red onions are high in anthocyanins, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties.
White and yellow vegetables are high in anthoxanthins, which help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
The darker the color of the food, the richer it is in beneficial nutrients. So when you are picking your produce at the grocery store and you want higher content of micronutrients, choose the butternut squash over the carrot because they have a deeper orange color which means it is higher in carotenoids (beta-carotene).
Plant foods are high in fiber
I have talked about the benefits of fiber, but let’s have a quick review. Fiber helps you feel fuller for longer, feeds the good bacteria in your gut, aids in digestion, and more. Plant foods are the primary source of fiber! You can further refresh your memory on fiber in my blog post