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Plant-based diets are becoming popular as people choose to follow a healthier, more sustainable, and more affordable lifestyle.
A plant-based diet is a way of eating that involves eating more food that comes from plants such as vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes, and oilseeds (all nuts). It seeks to reduce to minimum consumption food of animal origins such as meat, dairy products, and eggs. And replace its protein intake with that of beans, legumes, and seeds. It promotes a preference for foods that have been made with ingredients free from genetically modified organisms.
A diet high in the consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grain cereals, legumes and low in the consumption of foods of animal origin + frequent practice of physical activity + good health habits are related to:
- Greater immunity, that is, greater protection against diseases
- Less incidence of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, strokes, among others.
- Adequate weight and body fat percentage.
- Cholesterol concentrations in normal ranges.
Make sure that the three main meal times (breakfast, lunch, dinner) have the following distribution:
- Try to include cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and chard in your daily diet.
- Includes Omega 3 source seeds such as chia and flaxseed.
- Buy fruits and vegetables that are not perfect, remember that nature is imperfect.
- Don't forget the variety! To avoid getting bored, encourage yourself to include vegetables or unusual cereals such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, and hemp in your diet.
Various studies have shown that populations with a plant-based diet have a longer life expectancy, while populations with diets high in foods of animal origin have higher rates of chronic degenerative diseases.