The Surprising Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

May 24, 2023
Prof. Roman Buckow  
CTO at All G Foods

We dug into the subject of plant-based diets and the potential health benefits they may provide. In recent years, there has been an increase in interest in the nutritional elements. 

A plant-based diet is one that focuses on eating plant foods such fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds while limiting or eliminating animal items like meat, dairy, and eggs. Numerous research studies have been conducted to determine the benefits of such a diet. 

A plant-based diet was related with a 16% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, a 31-32% lower chance of dying from cardiovascular disease, and a 18-25% lower risk of all-cause mortality compared to a non-plant-based diet, according to one study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology [1]. This study had a sample size of over 12,000 people, indicating that the findings are statistically significant. 

Another study published in the Journal of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases reported that people who maintained a vegetarian or vegan diet had a decreased chance of acquiring type 2 diabetes than those who did not [2]. This study included over 40,000 individuals, indicating the potential benefits of a plant-based diet for chronic disease prevention. 

Furthermore, according to the American Dietetic Association, a well-planned, plant-based diet can contain all of the nutrients required for good health, including protein, iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamin B12 [3]. Numerous other health organisations, including the World Health Organisation and the American Heart Association, agree with this assertion. 

It is important to remember that a plant-based diet is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and individuals should seek the advice of a trained dietitian or healthcare provider to ensure they are achieving their nutritional needs. Furthermore, an unhealthy plant-based diet high in processed foods and deficient in vital nutrients is possible, thus it is critical to focus on complete, nutrient-dense foods. 

Finally, the potential health benefits of a plant-based diet are becoming more apparent. There are several reasons why individuals may consider adopting this dietary approach, ranging from lowering the risk of chronic diseases to delivering all of the nutrients required for good health. Before making any big dietary changes, always consult with a healthcare practitioner. 

Source ref

[1] DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.119.012865
[2] DOI: 10.1016/j.numecd.2011.07.004
[3] DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2009.05.027

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