Resorting to a plant-based diet is one of the many known ways to improve your health. Nutritionists weigh in on what to be aware off before you start.
About Plant-Based Diets
You may have heard before that resorting to a plant-based diet is better for the environment. The poultry and meat industries negatively impact the environment.
Firstly, gases let out by cows, for example, increase the concentration of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere- particularly methane- an extremely potent greenhouse gas. Another way they affect the environment is by polluting the surrounding ecosystems.
According to an Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition Journal 2016 report, “70 percent of all water pollution in rivers and lakes in the United States is a result of pollution from animal farms.”
Another benefit is that it will most likely increase your fibre intake- a particularly essential nutrient not found in meat. If you end up replacing the meat that you eat with more plants, you’re going to be ensuring a better intake of fibre. Fibre intake also helps you feel more satiated, and so you could be finding yourself shedding some pounds off on a plant-based diet.
Something else you should know is that this misconception about plant-based diets will not give you adequate protein is false. A recent study in The American Clinical Nutrition Journal has showed that both animal-based and plant-based proteins are equally beneficial for building muscles.
How To Follow It
First, we need to define what “plant-based diets” actually means. A plant-based diet is not just one kind. However, the commonality in all of them is that there’s a greater focus on consuming vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes (such as peas, lentils and beans)- while limiting your intake of eggs, dairy, meat, fish and poultry.
One way to do this in a more natural way is by eating all your veggies and legumes foods first, and you’ll find yourself naturally weeding out from your animal-based products.