The Benefits & Risks of a Plant-Based Eating Plan
As we come to the end of the first month of the new year, you may notice some businesses have taken the resolution to eat better to heart. Not only have your friends pledged through social sharing to eat right, but restaurants are adding new items to menus to accommodate the health conscious.
“Plant-based” is an adjective seen more and more as food companies offer alternatives to meat proteins. The term does not necessarily describe an exclusive vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, but one that allows you to expand your choices, especially with proteins. When prepared as such, foods like tofu, lentils, quinoa, and jackfruit provide the texture and look of meat in various dishes.
While plant-based foods offer environmental and ethical benefits, it’s important to make sure they work in your eating plan. Meat and vegan proteins offer different nutrients, yet regular consumption of plant-based proteins in meat’s place may offer the following health benefits:
- Reduced cholesterol
- Lowered risk of type-2 diabetes
- Lowered risk of heart disease
- Lower calorie intake, which in turn could assist weight loss
Eliminating meat entirely, however, can reduce your intake of B12, iron, and zinc if you haven’t added a vitamin supplement or foods rich in these nutrients to your diet. It’s also important to determine if you can properly digest foods like tofu and tempeh. People who have had their gallbladders removed, for example, may experience discomfort with certain foods.
At Bon Secours, our team of specialists provide a variety of options to help you plan a healthier lifestyle, and to determine whether or not a full or partial plant-based plan can help you. From medically supervised weight loss programs to nutrition and fitness coaching, we offer the support you need. Contact us today for more information and to move toward a healthier new year.