Thursday, November 25, 2021

Choose a Healthful Plant-Based Diet

Today, many people are following plant-based diets. These diets appear to be beneficial in combating many chronic diseases, including obesity, high blood pressure, and chronic kidney disease. One study has indicated that a plant-based diet is effective in lowering the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). However, plant-based diets are most beneficial when the diet is a healthful plant-based diet.

So, first of all, what exactly is a plant-based diet? Depending on who you talk to, a plant-based diet can be anything from a semi-vegetarian diet, consisting of very small portions of animal products, to a vegan diet, consisting of absolutely no animal products. At any rate, compared to diets that include a goodly number of animal products, healthful plant-based diets appear to be significantly helpful in lowering CHD.

So, what is a healthful plant-based diet? Well, a healthful plant-based diet is a diet that is a diet focused on the consumption of foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts legumes and oils. A less healthful plant-based diet, for example, is a diet involving the large consumption of juices, refined grains and french fries.

To determine how a healthful plant-based diet can prevent CHD, in one study, researchers followed over 200,000 participants who had no CHD, stroke or coronary artery surgery. The participants were free of most cancers. The participants were asked to fill out a "questionnaire every 2 years on lifestyle, health behaviors, and mental health ... "

The researchers concluded that individuals that followed a diet, built around healthful plant foods, had a lower risk of CHD than those individuals that followed a diet containing less healthful plant foods.

Indeed, there are indications that the use of a healthful plant-based diet can improve health, in general, and CHD risk factors in particular. The evidence creates an opportunity for cardiologists and other healthcare providers. Therefore, healthcare providers should learn more about healthful plant-based diets and how to counsel patients on the benefits that can be gained from the diets.

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