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The benefits of a plant-based diet

13 Jun 2022 • 1 min read

Wondering what the difference between vegan or veggie diets and a plant-based diet are?

While all three are great ways of fuelling your body with more nutritious foods, they do have some distinct differences.

More and more people are looking at ways to incorporate vegetables, fruit and whole grains into their diet, yet aren’t necessarily ready to give up things like dairy or meat.

That’s where a plant-based diet comes in…

First of all, what is a plant-based diet?

Plant-based diets essentially see you getting the majority of your nutrition and sustenance purely from things that are grown on the earth, whether that’s fruit from trees, vegetables from plants or grains and pulses from crops.1

Unlike vegan or vegetarian diets, plant-based is flexible and does leave some room if you’d still like to occasionally eat meat, fish or dairy products.

Overall, switching to foods that are unprocessed and mainly grown on the earth are also thought to have many positive impacts on the body.

What are the benefits of following a plant-based diet?

Whether you’ve decided to switch up your diet for personal or moral reasons or you’re simply wondering why so many are now turning to plant-based foods, here we take look at the major health benefits of a plant-based diet:

  1. It may help manage your weight

Switching to plant-based is a great way to eat plenty of foods that can help support your weight goals.

This includes fibre-filled veggies and whole grains which help your body stave off hunger pangs in between meals.

  1. It contains antioxidants

A lot of plant-based produce is packed with antioxidants.

These are compounds that aid our bodies tackle free radicals that can damage our cells.

  1. It supports your immune system

It’s no secret that fruit and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals.

Some of these, including vitamin A, C and E, are essential for supporting your immune system and propping up your body’s defences.2

  1. It supports your heart

Studies show that those who follow a plant-based diet that’s packed with lots of veggies, legumes, fruit, whole grains and nuts are at a lower risk of developing heart disease.

That’s because those foods are rich in essential nutrients and healthy fats which can support the heart.

You’ll also be eating less unhealthy saturated fat by cutting out or minimising the amount of meat and dairy you consume.3

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The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 13 June 2022


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