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Plant-Based Foods: The Healthy Way to Eat

by Tara Conroy

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Today, an increasing number of Americans are realizing the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet. This way of eating is gaining popularity and credibility among health experts for reducing risk of disease and sustained weight loss.

According to a study published in the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, a high consumption of plant-based foods such as fruit and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains is associated with a significantly lower risk of coronary artery disease and stroke.

Eating a plant-based diet is also one of the best methods for weight loss. Why? The more whole, plant-based foods you eat, the less room you have for animal protein, processed foods, sweets and sugary soft drinks.

It’s actually more a way of life than a diet. And, it’s good for kids, too. A recent study published in Nutrition Journal recommended plant-based foods as one approach for the prevention of obesity in children and adolescents.

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recommends that we base all of our meals on plant foods. That doesn’t mean you need to become a vegetarian. You can still eat meat and dairy products, just eat less of them. The AICR recommends we should aim to fill at least two-thirds of our plates with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to incorporate more plant foods into your diet:

  1. Join the “Meatless Monday” movement and avoid eating animal protein on Mondays.

  2. One day a week, replace your salty, processed snack food with crispy apple slices or celery sticks. For added protein, spread a small amount of nut butter on your apple or celery.

  3. Replace your intake of simple carbohydrates (white flour, sweets, pastries, soft drinks and candy) with complex carbohydrates such as whole grains (brown rice), fruits and vegetables. If you’re having trouble giving up simple carbs, consider a dietary supplement containing Phase 2 White Kidney Bean Extract. Phase 2 is a clinically studied ingredient that has been shown to reduce the body’s absorption of carbs, aiding weight loss.

After a few weeks of eating this way, you should see an increase in your energy level. You may also notice that you are saving money at the grocery store, as plant foods are generally less expensive than animal and dairy products.

Just knowing that you’re fueling your body with foods that contain generous amounts of antioxidants, minerals and fiber should make you feel good – inside and out. A plant-based diet is a win-win situation for anyone wanting to improve their health and reduce their weight.

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