Are you considering transitioning to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle and wondering about the health benefits of a WFPB diet?
1. Plants are packed with nutrients
Many health-promoting, disease-fighting nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, are found exclusively in plant-based whole foods.
These antioxidant nutrients help protect the body from oxidative stress caused by free-radicals.
2. WFPB diets can prevent and reverse chronic disease
People who eat more plants live longer and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease – some of which can be controlled and even reversed with a WFPB diet.
3. If you need to lose weight, it will fall off (and stay off!)
No more calorie counting 🙌🏼
Moving to a whole food, plant-based diet will allow you to eat more but consume less. That’s right, plant-based foods are low in calorie density so you can eat a larger volume of food in exchange for fewer calories. Plant-based foods are also highly satiating and fibre-rich, so you will feel fuller for longer.
4. You’ll get enough fibre (FINALLY!)
Most people don’t even come close to eating the recommended daily 30g of fibre – the plant-based carbohydrates that keep our digestive systems healthy (in various ways, from reducing bowel cancer risk to preventing constipation) and help remove excess cholesterol from the body.
By upping your intake of whole, plant-based foods, you’ll naturally be increasing your consumption of fibre which is not found in animal products.
5. You’ll have better digestion
Thanks to our friend fibre, which helps keep the digestive system healthy by preventing constipation, feeding your good gut bacteria, and reducing your risk of developing bowel cancer, you’ll have a happier tummy eating a WFPB diet.
6. You’ll control your cholesterol
The trans fats and saturated fats found in animal products and processed junk food stimulate cholesterol synthesis, so if you’re concerned about your cholesterol levels, a WFPB diet can help you keep that in check.
Superhero fibre comes to the rescue again, to control the absorption and production of cholesterol in the body.
7. You’ll have more energy
High-fibre, whole food, plant-based diets can help keep your blood sugar stable and avoid the ‘spike and crash’ we get from eating processed foods and sugar-laden snacks, that are standard fare in a typical western diet.
8. Your skin will love you for it
The added hydration from water-dense fruits and vegetables, as well as their ability to naturally lower inflammation, is a winning combination as far as your skin is concerned, helping to boost skin elasticity and reduce acne.