Jaime Sharp

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 05:00

We hear it all the time: "eat more fruits and veggies." Your doctor, your dentist, your chiropractor, and your grandmother. They’re all saying it! Did you know, most accredited health organizations recommend 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables every single day? Some Americans may struggle to get that many in a week! So, why all the fuss? Is it really THAT beneficial?

According to Sue Radd, renowned Australian dietitian, “ A recent meta-analysis study suggests that 60% of cancers are associated with diet and lifestyle.” What does that even mean? It means a plant based diet may prevent chronic diseases, including cancer! It means that what you put in your mouth has the power to protect and promote a long and healthy life!

How is it possible? Plant-based diets offer all the necessary protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for optimal health, and are often higher in fiber and phytonutrients. In fact, they contain the mega important compounds called phytochemicals which protect our cells from free radical damage. However, some vegans may need to add a supplement (specifically vitamin B12) to ensure they receive all the nutrients required.

Interested in getting started with a plant-powered diet? Just start. Set a goal to try one plant based meal a week. If you’re interested in more, set a goal to try a “meatless Monday” or plant based breakfast and lunch, followed by a small serving of meat with your dinner meal. You may also try to make every other night’s dinner with a meatless protein source. Regardless of how you start, the research points to plant prevention power!