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An Argument for Plant-Based Lite

The benefits of a plant based diet cannot be underestimated. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Nuts, seeds and avocados provide healthy fats- an important part of a heart healthy diet. Grains, beans and legumes are a good source of fiber, protein and also help promote fullness and stabilize blood sugar. In all, this pattern of eating prevents heart disease, cancer and improves overall well-being.  I am all for plant-based. But does that have to mean plant-only?

 

There are also  many benefits of incorporating lean animal protein into a plant predominant diet.

  1. Satiety- animal proteins help you feel full! Without it you are more likely to feel hungry and mre likely to turn to the not so good fillers…think pasta.
  2. Muscle mass- protein (in addition to physical activity) helps maintain muscle mass and therefore promote a healthy body composition and metabolism.
  3. Nutrients- certain nutrients can only come from animal proteins such as B12. While it can be supplemented, B12 is essential for blood cell development and cognitive health among other health functions.
  4. Disease prevention- there is an abundance of data showing the benefits of incorporating fish, some poultry, eggs and dairy as a part of a plant-based but not plant exclusive Mediterranean style diet.

 

My take:

Consider going plant-based but plant based lite.

 

To a happy and healthy you,

Yours truly,

Dr. Adrienne Youdim

Author
Dr. Adrienne Youdim

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