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Expert explains why a plant-based diet is better for your health
Nutrition experts have repeatedly pointed out that eating more vegetables and less meat is good for your health. But is that really true? Yes, says Dr. Donald Hensrud from the renowned Mayo Clinic (USA). It encourages people to add more plant foods to their diet.
“A plant-based diet generally contains more antioxidants and more beneficial nutrients. Their saturated fat content is usually lower. So there are several reasons why she is healthier, ”explains Dr. Hensrud in a message. The advantages don't stop there.
More fruits and vegetables on the menu
“A plant-based diet is better for our health, because of the weight, because of heart disease, because of cholesterol, because of diabetes, for all sorts of reasons. And you can enjoy it. That's the most important. You do not consume tree bark and twigs as fiber. You eat good-tasting food, ”says Dr. Hensrud.
But which foods are recommended? The doctor advises on plant-based foods such as olive oil, vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains, but also on fish. You should also try out dishes that are new to you.
"Mother Nature was pretty smart and gave the right concentration and combination of different nutrients in whole grains and other plant foods," said Dr. Hensrud.
Health benefits confirmed in studies
How strongly a plant or vegetarian diet affects our health and how sensible the recommendations of Dr. Hensrud are thus, also show various scientific studies.
Scientists from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently reported that a vegetarian or vegan diet reduces the risk of diabetes by around a quarter.
And a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that a vegan diet can protect against fatal heart attacks and strokes. (ad)
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- Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic Minute: Why eating more vegetables, less meat is healthy, (access: 13.08.2019), Mayo Clinic