Choosing a diet heavy in fruits and veggies may help ward off chronic diseases and keep you svelte in 2017. We have done some research and what we discovered about a plant-based diet might have you changing the way you eat...forever.
1. Diabetes Prevention
Roughly 387 million people are living with diabetes, and according to the International Diabetes Federation, hat number is expected to soar to nearly 600 million by 2035. Type 2 diabetes is entirely preventable, and plenty of research suggests a plant- based diet can help prevent the disease.
2. Hypertension Control
A lot or research suggests a diet loaded with fruits and veggies can lower blood pressure. About 1 in 3 American adults suffers from high blood pressure, meaning they're at higher risk for heart disease and stroke - two leading causes of death in the United States.
3. Heart Health
Harvard researchers tracked the health habits of about 110,00 people for 14 years and found that the higher folks' intakes of fruits and vegetables, the lower their chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Specifically, people who averaged eight-plus servings of fruits and veggies a day were 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, compared to those who had less than 1.5 daily servings.
4. Weight Loss
many types of research suggest that vegetarians tend to consume fewer calories, and thus weigh less and have lower body mass indexes than non-vegetarians. While following a plant-based diet doesn't necessarily mean going full-blown vegetarian, opting largely for fruits, veggies and whole grains in lieu of meat will likely leave you feeling fuller on fewer calories.
5. Fiber Intake
Fiber keeps you "regular" by aiding in digestion and preventing constipation. Plus, it may also lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Plant-based diets mean chowing down on loads of fruits and veggies, which are packed with fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, just one cup of raspberries or cooked green peas amount to eight grams of fiber or more.
6. Vision Value
Vitamin A in carrots aids night vision. Your eyes might also thank you for a plant-based diet rich in spinach, kale, corn, squash, kiwi and grapes. The lutein and zeaxanthin pigments in these foods are thought to help prevent cataract and macular degeneration.
7. Skin Care
Cutting back on animal products also means skipping much of their saturated fats, which are notorious for clogging pores. Plus, many of the vitamins, pigments, and phytochemicals in fruits and veggies contribute to healthy skin. Lycopene in tomatoes helps protect your skin from sun damage, and the vitamin C in sweet potatoes smooth wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen.
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