What is a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet? [Infographic]

What is a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet?

A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.

Benefits of a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

A diet high in animal-based and highly processed foods makes people sick and overweight. But many of these sicknesses can be prevented, halted, and often reversed by eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. A whole-food, plant-based diet has been shown to:

  • Lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar
  • Reverse or prevent heart disease
  • Prevent and reverse obesity
  • Lower risk of cancer and diabetes
  • Slow the progression of certain types of cancer
  • Improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Improve overall quality of life

Sources:
US News
Cleveland Clinic
Mayo Clinic
Kaiser Permanente
Web MD

 

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