The Benefits of Plant-Based

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What is whole-food, plant-based and how can it help me?

Whole food plant-based eating is a way of eating that has been shown to dramatically reduce your risk for a multitude of chronic diseases. This lifestyle emphasizes the consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds and whole grains, omitting animal-based products such as meat, fish and dairy. Added oils are also avoided or minimized for optimal health.

How can adopting a plant-based lifestyle help me?

A plant-based or plant-predominant lifestyle has the potential to help you to:

  • Lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure
  • Maintain a healthy and sustainable weight
  • Reduce risk for heart attack and/or stroke
  • Prevent and possibly reverse type 2 diabetes
  • Improve insulin sensitivity for type 1 diabetes
  • Reduce risk of some cancers, including gastrointestinal colorectal, breast and prostate
  • Support brain health and reduce risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia
  • Reduce the need for medications
  • Increase energy and enhance sleep
  • Support immune health
  • Improve digestion and overall gut health
  • Save money on food costs… and more!

For more on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, visit our Resources pages and The Heartbeet Blog.