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The Power of Plants

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“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Renowned food author Michael Pollan’s words, to sum up, the food philosophy championed by nutritional experts all over the world. According to the experts over at Harvard Health*, “Science has shown us over and over again that the more meat we eat, the higher our risk of diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. Conversely, the more fruits and vegetables we eat, the lower our risk for these diseases, and the lower our body mass index.”

“High-quality research shows that red meats (like beef, lamb, and pork) and processed meats such as bacon, sausage and deli meats are metabolized to toxins that cause damage to our blood vessels and other organs.”*

“We all know that you’re not guaranteeing your health by simply cutting out or reducing meat and dairy – there are, after all, many foods without these ingredients that are without a doubt not healthy. The scientists and doctors of the world are in accord: humans should follow a largely plant-based diet – one rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. And you don’t have to give up meat and dairy if you don’t want to – just ensure you minimise your meat intake and ensure you eat more vegetables and fruit than anything else.”

A plant-based diet means consuming mostly fruits and vegetables, including beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, and whole grains. A plant-based diet is well associated with a lower risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. A plant-based diet can protect us when we do occasionally eat meat. Fruits and vegetables contain special plant nutrients that neutralize toxins.

These are antioxidants cannot be isolated and packed into a capsule or pill — supplements don’t work. A balanced diet that includes a wide variety of colourful fruits and vegetables is what works. Just eat more plants than anything else, and minimize the meats, and you’ll be doing your body a huge favour.

* Source: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eat-more-plants-fewer-animals-2018112915198

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